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Tuesday, May 11, 1999 Published at 15:44 GMT 16:44 UK


Royal Mail celebrates royal wedding

Photos were taken by celebrity photographer John Swannell

Stamps commemorating the wedding of Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones will go on sale next month, just four days before the couple's big date.

A celebrity photographer has taken black and white pictures of the couple which will be reproduced for a £1.25 presentation pack.

The long-awaited marriage will take place at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on 19 June.

[ image: An engagement kiss for Sophie]
An engagement kiss for Sophie
There will be two stamp designs - one showing a relaxed portrait of the pair and the other of the couple in profile. The pack will contain a brochure with information about the prince and his bride.

The photos show the couple wearing dark polo-necked jumpers.

Photographer John Swannell has taken portraits of Princess Anne, Dame Judi Dench, Richard Branson, Joan Collins, Sir Elton John and designer Paul Smith. He said he was overjoyed at being chosen to take the pictures.

"I am tremendously honoured," said the former Vogue magazine photographer.

"It is a privilege for my work to be featured on a stamp which will be seen by millions across the globe."

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