Is that really Kate? UK royal coin raises eyebrows

Thu Dec 23, 2010 11:29am EST
 
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By Avril Ormsby

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - The design for an official commemorative coin to mark the engagement of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton was unveiled on Thursday, but not everyone might recognize the bride-to-be.

The depiction, based on photographs of the couple at a sporting event, bears some resemblance to William but less so his fiancee.

Royal watchers said she appears much fuller in the face on the coin than she is in real life.

"This coin is of historical importance -- to get it so wrong seems ridiculous," Editor-in-Chief of Majesty magazine, Ingrid Seward, was quoted on the Sky News website as saying.

The design was approved by the 28-year-old couple and by William's grandmother Queen Elizabeth.

The Royal Mint, which produced the collectors' item, said it had no intention of changing the design.

"It is quite a subjective issue," a spokesman for the Mint, based in Llantrisant, south Wales, told Reuters.

"It is always challenging to engrave profiles and features onto something as small as a coin, particularly the features of young people."   Continued...

 
<p>The commemorative coin to mark the engagement of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton is seen in this undated photograph released in London December 23, 2010. REUTERS/The Royal Mint/Handout</p>