On October 17, it was reported that the Royal Mint is preparing a coin for Prince William and Kate Middleton. According to reports, the commemorative coin, known as a “crown,” will mark the engagement of the couple. This news immediately fueled a new round of rumors about an imminent engagement.
First stage of William and Kate engagement coin has been secretly prepared
A plaster mold has supposedly been created for the gold and silver coins. The Royal Mint did not deny the rumors; a source had told The Mail on Sunday that he’d seen the mold at the Llantrisant plant in South Wales.
However, Clarence House denied that it had any knowledge of preparations to mint the coin. Dave Knight, who oversees the creation of such coins at the Mint, noted that they plan for future opportunities. He also said that any coin must first be approved by the Queen.
Protocol for a royal engagement dictates that Kate will become Catherine
Once Kate Middleton and Prince William become engaged, there will be no more “Waity Katie.” The future royal bride will be referred to as Miss Catherine Middleton.
According to the Mint insider, staff have been forbidden from talking about the coin, but said, “They are ready to go. All they are waiting for is the date.”
Formalities to be performed for royal engagement include Queen’s and government’s permission
In the case of a Royal engagement, Prince William would first need to seek the Queen’s permission. Her private secretary would then inform the Government ahead of a public announcement, made by the Prince’s aides at Clarence House.
However, other reports suggest that companies such as Rhubarb, a royal catering company, have already started talking about menus and decorations for a potential royal wedding.
Royal insiders say that royal engagement will remain a secret until the last moment
All rumors aside, Prince William still shows no sign of announcing an engagement, and rumors are often quite conflicting–a kind of sport played between the media and the royals. The prince is currently sharing a cottage in Wales with his girlfriend of nine years.
A senior royal aide probably has the best idea of how the royal wedding might play out, saying that the date would be released at the last possible minute. “William plays his cards very close to his chest, that’s his nature,” he said.
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