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Wait a minute, Mr. Postman! In honor of the royal wedding, the New Zealand Post recently released this double stamp, featuring Prince William and Kate Middleton's engagement photo. But, due to an unfortunate perforation down the middle, the smiling pair can be separated into two individual stamps.

Hugh Jefferies, editor of Gibbons Stamp Monthly, called the first-class postal flub "embarrassing," adding that "whoever designed this will have egg on their face and someone's head will roll."

The stamps are worth a total of 5.80 NZ dollars, but Ms. Middleton's half is priced slightly lower at 2.40 NZ dollars than Prince William's side, which costs 3.40 NZ dollars. The value will most likely increase, though, now that the commemorative memento has turned into an instant collectors' item.

This isn't the first mail mishap. The Australian Royal stamp celebrating Prince Charles and Diana had been criticized because it presented the couple facing away from each other.

And although the Queen, who is New Zealand's head of state, has to approve all stamp designs, this Prince William and Kate's version may have received the Buckingham Palace OK before the center break was added, Jefferies speculated.

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  • k

    What is wrong with us that we want to make an absolute circus out of the upcoming wedding?
    Are we jealous that we have NOTHING here that even remotely resembles royalty? Too many
    people out here feel the need to trash others in order to feel good about themselves.

  • Mi

    Why would we WANT anything that even remotely resembles royalty?? This is 2011, not the middle ages.

  • Gwendolyne

    HRH, Queen Elizabeth , dissolved the Canadian Parliament, effective 26 March 2011, over a similar transgression. It's good to be the queen.

  • Maine Photographer

    It's not as you stated. Canada has the provision for a vote of 'no-confidence' if a stable workable government cannot be established. A date is set for a new election, and as a formality, the info is shared with the Governor General, (a figure-head representative of the queen) who basically always says 'Go do it" So it was the members of the Canadian Parliament who decided that this just isn't working, not the queen.

  • sunny

    This was the first good laugh I've had today.
    Funny and ironic.

  • Dan

    What do these royals do for a living? You got it. Tick and leech off the masses.

  • mmajor

    I am unclear where the gaffe is. In order to get the couple you are buying TWO stamps for $5.80 not one stamp for either of the lower amounts. The postal officials are trying to make money by putting the prince and his bride on separate stamps.

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