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That's Kate Middleton? Critics Slam Commemorative Wedding Coin Issued by the Royal Mint
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.
LONDON (AP).- 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.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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