Souvenir fiver to mark Royal engagement

Prince William's engagement to Kate Middleton has been commemorated by an unofficial Welsh £5 banknote.

The limited edition souvenir, which is not legal tender, has been created by a foreign exchange company after a poll of royal sentiment among the Welsh.

The study of more than 1,500 people found 83% of those questioned last month wanted a special Welsh banknote to mark the engagement.

Nearly half of those polled also called for the prince, who is stationed at a Welsh RAF base as a Search and Rescue helicopter pilot, and his fiancee to be made Prince and Princess of Wales.

Travelex, commissioned the study, and has produced the 5 commemorative banknote.

It is similar in shape and size to a 5 sterling note and replaces the image of the Queen with one showing William.

Travelex director Peter Davies said: "Scotland and Northern Ireland both have recognised banknotes, which whilst not legal tender, are accepted throughout the UK and widely used for transactions in each country.

"It's been over 100 years since the last Welsh banknotes were in circulation and this is as good a reason as any to bring it back."

More than half of those questioned (53%) favoured William's image on the commemorative banknote, putting him above Welsh celebrities like

Shirley Bassey 12%, Katherine Jenkins 7%, Ryan Giggs 7%, Charlotte Church 5% and Tom Jones 2%.

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