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Tussauds attempts to capture Kate

Madame Tussauds' sculptors have been set a task that the Royal Mint recently failed: to attain a likeness of a would-be princess.

The Mint has been criticised because a £5 coin commemorating the forthcoming marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton carries an image that is barely recognisable as the couple. The royal bride-to-be appears older and to have gained weight.

Now the wax sculpture museum is arranging a two-hour sitting with Ms Middleton – unlikely to take place before the royal wedding in April next year. Sculptors will then take four months to produce a model, which will join the other wax members of the Royal Family. The museum is waiting to hear if Ms Middleton will donate an outfit for the waxwork likeness to wear.