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That’s Kate Middleton? Critics slam wedding coin

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    This undated combination photo released Thursday Dec. 23, 2010 by the Royal Mint shows both sides of a commemorative ?5 Alderney coin to mark Prince William and Kate Middleton's engagement. Britain's Prince William, grandson to Queen Elizabeth II, is set to marry Kate Middleton in April 2011. (AP Photo/The Royal Mint. HO) EDITORIAL USE ONLY, NO SALES
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LONDON — Britain’s Royal Mint has released a commemorative coin featuring supposedly lifelike portraits of Prince William and his bride-to-be — but critics say Kate Middleton has a right to be horrified.

Images of the couple on the memento bear little resemblance to either the prince or his 28-year-old betrothed. Middleton appears plump in the face and lips and has bags under her eyes. Some critics claim William looks like Al Gore.

Available in silver or gold, the 5-pound ($7.70) coin marks the April 29 wedding of the second-in-line to the British throne.

Ingrid Seward of Majesty magazine told Britain’s Sky News on Thursday it was “ridiculous” that the images were so poor. But Dickie Arbiter, a former royal spokesman, says it’s often difficult to produce accurate images on a coin.

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