As reported earlier this month, The Alderney £5 Official Royal Engagement coin is expected to be minted in both gold and silver. It will bear portraits of the couple, although no details of the design have been released. It is thought that the initial work was completed by a small in-house design team, meaning knowledge of the project could be confined to only a handful of people. The project is so secret that staff at the Royal Mint’s plant at Llantrisant have been banned from talking about the coin, but insiders have confirmed that the initial design work has been done.
The day of the Royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton will be a public holiday, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced. Cabinet agreed the bank holiday for England, Wales and Northern Ireland at its regular weekly meeting in 10 Downing Street. Scotland is widely expected to follow suit. First Minister Alex Salmond said his cabinet would discuss the issue later and make an announcement "as quickly as possible".
Source: Royal Mint