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Sohpie Rhys-Jones Waxwork Planned

January 8, 1999

LONDON (AP) _ It had to happen.

Two days after the announcement that Sophie Rhys-Jones was engaged to Prince Edward, the Madame Tussaud’s waxworks museum said Friday that fashioning a replica of her had become ``a top priority.″

Ms. Rhys-Jones’ long-term relationship with the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II already had gained the attention of the museum, one of London’s premier tourist attractions.

``She has been on our list of people to make into waxworks for about a year,″ spokeswoman Beth Lockwood said.

Ms. Lockwood said the museum would decide in two weeks whether to proceed with the replica, and would approach Ms. Rhys-Jones before beginning work.

``We don’t make a waxwork without the permission of the individual, but no one has yet refused us,″ Ms. Lockwood said.

If all systems are go, Ms. Rhys-Jones, 33, would have to pose for an hour and have measurements and photographs taken.

Each waxwork costs about $50,000 to make and six months to complete.

No date has yet been set for the royal wedding.

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