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Canada 2011 Royal Wedding - Prince William of Wales & Catherine Kate Middleton 25 Cents Crown-Size Colorized Quarter Specimen

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Celebrate a fairytale wedding for the 21st century with this oversized color quarter, featuring a full-color photographic portrait of Prince William and Kate Middleton!
On April 29, 2011, His Royal Highness (HRH) Prince William of Wales, grandson of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, will marry commoner Catherine "Kate" Middleton at Westminster Abbey. Celebrate the royal nuptials with this truly stunning, oversized quarter with a charming, full-color photographic portrait of the newlyweds!

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Cover of the Royal Wedding Color Quarter cardThis is an official Royal Wedding commemorative coin, officially approved by Clarence House (His Royal Highness HRH Prince William of Wales) and Buckingham Palace (Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II). Canada is the largest nation in the British Commonwealth.

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A Full-Color, Oversize Photographic Portrait in Handsome Presentation Folder!
The Full Royal Wedding Color Quarter Package

The Royal Couple
The official engagement photo of His Royal Highness HRH William Prince of Wales and Miss Catherine Kate Middleton, in which she prominently displays the 18 carat sapphire surrounded by diamonds engagement ring once given by Prince Charles to Princess Diana.HRH Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton became engaged during a trip to Kenya in October 2010. Prince William carried the engagement ring - a stunning, 18-carat sapphire surrounded by fourteen diamonds. which had previously belonged to Diana, Princess of Wales - with him in anticipation of popping the question. Prince William asked Catherine to marry him in a manner she later said was "very romantic, and...very personal." Clarence House announced the engagement to the world on November 16, 2010.

The bride and groom first met in 2001 while studying at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. During the course of their four years at St Andrews, the pair grew increasingly closer, and by the time they graduated, in 2005, it was well-known they were a couple. Observers have long speculated the two would marry, and although the engagement came as no surprise, it has elated many as it promises to be the most highly anticipated royal wedding of recent memory.

On 29 April 2011, millions (if not billions!) of people across Britain, the Commonwealth, and the world will celebrate this exciting moment together with the newlyweds.

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His Royal Highness, Prince William of Wales, in a photographic bust portrait.Prince William of Wales
Prince William of Wales KG FRS is the elder son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales, and grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He is second in the line of succession, behind his father, to the thrones of the sixteen independent states of the British Commonwealth, although he is resident in and most directly involved with the United Kingdom, the oldest of these realms. His younger brother, Prince Harry, is third in line to the throne.

Prince William was born on June 21, 1982 and baptized Prince William Arthur Philip Louis. After attending Mrs. Mynors, Wetherby, and Ludgrove Schools, he started at Eton College in September 1996. William visited Chile, Belize, and Africa before resuming his studies at St. Andrews University in Fife, Scotland. Upon graduation from St. Andrews, William entered the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

In December 2006, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Household Cavalry (Blues and Royals). In 2008, Queen Elizabeth appointed him Royal Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter. In 2009, the Prince transferred to the Royal Air Force, was promoted to flight lieutenant and underwent helicopter flying training with the aim of becoming a full time pilot with the Search and Rescue Force. As of Autumn 2010, he has completed his generic and special-to-type helicopter training and is now at RAF Valley on No. 22 Squadron performing co-pilot duties on the Sea King search and rescue helicopter.

As second in line to the throne, Prince William attends a number of important royal ceremonies such as the Trooping of the Color and Remembrance Day at the Cenotaph. In 2005, he represented Queen Elizabeth II at ceremonies commemorating the end of the 60th anniversary of the Second World War in New Zealand.

On 16 November 2010 it was announced that Prince William and his long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton are to marry. The wedding will be held at 11am on 29 April 2011 in Westminster Abbey, London. The engagement ring given to Middleton was the 18 carat sapphire engagement ring of Diana, Princess of Wales. Prince Harry will serve as William's best man.

Prince William is an active philanthropist and athlete who regularly joins his brother to play in polo matches through which money is raised for various charities.

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Technology Note
His Royal Highness, Prince William of Wales of the House of Windsor, in an official engagement photograph with his fiancee, Kate Middleton. The RCM leads the world with its proprietary colorization technology, in which the color is actually sealed on the coin. The intricate detail, smooth gradients, and extreme precision of the technology create a stunning, full-color portrait on each coin.
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The Specimen Finish
This coin features the uniquely-Canadian "specimen" finish, a three-fold combination of different finishes. The design (raised area or relief) includes both frosted and mirrored surfaces, while the fields (background) are subtly striated, resulting in a contrasting, matte appearance. No other mint in the world employs the specimen finish.

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A photographic portrait of Prince William of Wales and Catherine Middleton, rendered in color by the Royal Canadian Mint's proprietary colorization technology. The date of issue and denomination are both indicated.


Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, in profile facing right. This portrait, the fourth effigy of the queen to appear on Canadian Coinage, was executed by the artist Susanna Blunt. The legend The legend ELIZABETH II D. G. REGINA ("Elizabeth II, Queen by the Grace of God") also appears.

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The coin is encapsulated inside an oversized, bilingual, full-color presentation folder, which includes images of Prince Charles of Wales and Catherine Middleton, as well as background information on the royal engagement and wedding.

An official photo of His Royal Highness HRH William Prince of Wales and Miss Catherine Kate Middleton, clearly enjoying each others company!
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2011
Face Value 25 Cents
Weight 12.61 g
Diameter 35 mm
Finish Specimen
Composition Nickel-Plated Steel
Edge Plain

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