Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Canada - Wedding of Prince William
These stamps and the Minisheet of stamps were issued by Canada to commemorate the wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine Middleton, which took place on 29 April 2011 at Westminster Abbey in London. Prince William, second in the line of succession to Queen Elizabeth II, first met Catherine Middleton in 2001, when both were studying at the University of St Andrews. Their engagement on 20 October 2010 was announced on 16 November 2010. The build-up to the wedding and the occasion itself attracted much media attention, with the service being broadcast live around the world, and being compared and contrasted in many ways with the 1981 marriage of William's parents, Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. Some estimates said two billion people watched the wedding across the world, and 24.5 million watched the event live in the UK, but the verified TV audience was closer to 300 million people globally.
Much of the attention focused on Kate Middleton's status as a commoner (i.e., not of recent royal blood or a part of the aristocracy) marrying into royalty. Hours before the service, the Queen conferred the titles Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn, and Baron Carrickfergus upon William. Upon her marriage, Middleton therefore became Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge, but is not styled as 'Princess Catherine'. Guy Dorval sent me these lovely Covers.