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The Teeth Have It

by | 12th, May 2003

‘THE jelly is ready. The fondant fancies are sitting prettily on a doily. And the invitations have been despatched to all corners of the palace.

Yours to lick for 27p

Things are moving on apace in the preparations for Prince William’s 21st birthday on June 21.

The Times also spots some commemorative Royal Mint coins being pressed for the occasion and a set of four Royal Mail stamps, each featuring a picture of the Prince.

One such shot, designed from a portrait taken by Royal photographer Tim Graham, and reproduced in the paper, has Wills simmering out of the page.

And he can be yours for a mere 37p. Which is a bargain, especially compared with the 47p and 68p strains.

There is one cheaper stamp, on offer for 27p, which may or may not have been based on a photo taken by a Brendan Beine, a paparazzo photographer who used to follow the Prince’s mummy around.

There is no sign of a battered white Fiat Uno in the picture, but the coins do show something interesting: the Prince’s teeth.

David Cornell, who designed the coins, tells the Times that it was a tough job.

‘He insisted on using images of himself smiling, which made it difficult for me,’ says Cornell. ‘It is hard to produce a smiling coin because it is tricky to do the teeth.’

As such the coin is now the size of a dinner plate, and will be released to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the Epsom Derby.

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