The wedding of HRH Prince William and Catherine Middleton The wedding of HRH Prince William and Catherine Middleton
The wedding of HRH Prince William and Catherine Middleton

The wedding of HRH Prince William and Catherine Middleton took place on Friday, 29 April 2011 at Westminster Abbey in London. HRH Prince William KG, second in the line of succession to HM Queen Elizabeth II, first met Catherine Middleton in 2001, whilst both were studying at the University of St. Andrews. Their engagement 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 to an estimated audience of two billion.
The wedding of HRH Prince William and Catherine Middleton
Of the 1900 guests in attendance was the Royal Family as well as many foreign royals, diplomats, and the couple's chosen personal guests.

The wedding featured many ceremonial aspects, including use of the state carriages, the Foot Guards and Household Cavalry. The Abbey was festooned with trees and music was provided by the Choir of Westminster Abbey; The Chapel Royal Choir; The London Chamber Orchestra; the Fanfare Team from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force and the State Trumpeters of The Household Cavalry

Miss Catherine Middleton’s wedding dress was designed by Sarah Burton from Alexander McQueen, a British fashion house known for beautiful style and detailing. The diamond tiara she wore was lent to her by the Queen. Prince William wore the uniform of his honorary rank of Colonel of the Irish Guards.
The wedding of HRH Prince William and Catherine Middleton
John Robert Hall, the Dean of Westminster, conducted the wedding service, with Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, conducting the marriage ceremony itself and Richard Chartres, the Bishop of London, giving the sermon. A reading was given by the bride's brother, James

After the ceremony the newly married couple travelled in procession to Buckingham Palace for the traditional appearance on the balcony, the wedding kiss and a flypast.  Later the Prince drove his Duchess to Clarence House in his father's classic Aston Martin DB6 decorated with an L sign and number plate JU5T WED. Following the wedding the couple intend to continue living on the Isle of Anglesy in North Wales where Prince William is based as an RAF Search and Rescue pilot

Also on April 29, The Queen conferred a Dukedom on Prince William of Wales. His titles are Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus. Prince William will be known as His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge and Miss Catherine Middleton, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge.

The wedding of HRH Prince William and Catherine Middleton

The wedding of HRH Prince William and Catherine Middleton
Please Note: All prices are in New Zealand Dollars
Set of 2 stamps with centre tab $8.80
First Day Cover with stamps $10.30
Royal Wedding Pack $20.00

Technical Details

Designer:
Denise Durkin, Wellington, New Zealand Pitcairn Stamps
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to you by:
Bounty Post
Printer: Southern Colour Print, Dunedin, New Zealand
Photographers: Engagement photograph copyright 2010 Mario Testino. Wedding photographs copyright Press Association, UK.
Process: Offset Litho plus foil embossing.
Sheet format: Two panes of 4 sets each with tab between sets.
Stamp size: 37.5 mm x 42.4 mm vertical
Perforation Gauge: 14.4 x 14.615
Denominations: Stamps $2.80 and $6.00
Paper: 114gsm Tullis Russell non phosphor paper
Period of Sale:
25 May 2011 for a period of 2 years.