|BCSHEET56||The Centenary of the Coronation of King George V Stamp Sheet - Unsigned||£35.00||Sold Out|
|BCSHEET56S||The Centenary of the Coronation of King George V Stamp Sheet signed by Dame Eileen Atkins||£45.00||Sold Out|
Issue Date: 22/06/2011
Issue Name: Coronation of King George V Mint Stamp Sheet
Producer: Buckingham Covers
On 22 June, 1911, George Albert succeeded his father, King Edward VII, and took to the throne as King George V. Join Buckingham Covers in celebrating the centenary of his coronation with our beautiful stamp sheet. Featuring 10 beautifully crafted stamps showing a first class Union Jack stamp alongside one of ten King George V stamps, ranging in value from 3 pence to 1 shilling Celebrating the centenary of the coronation of King George V.
A small number of these coin covers have been personally signed by English actress Dame Eileen Atkins. Eileen has a very active career on stage and on the screen, and well known for her portrayal of the Queen Mother in the premier of Robert Bolt's Vivat! Vivat Regina!, which was a big success on Broadway, running for several months and receiving several Tony nominations.
The Coronation of King George V
George was born on 3 June 1865 in London, the second son of the Prince of Wales. When George was 18 he went into the Royal Navy, but the death of his elder brother in 1892 meant he had to leave a career he enjoyed, as he was now heir to the throne. He married his elder brother's fiancee, Princess Mary of Teck, and they had six children.
What are stamp sheets?
A stamp sheet is around A4 size and contains 10 first class stamps (the Union Jack flag stamps in this stamp sheet being an example) contained in a special design. The stamps are valid for postage, but you don't want to be ripping this up! Most people collect sheets in an album although some of them frame them for the wall.
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Total number of sheets printed: 500
Dame Eileen June Atkins, DBE (born 16 June 1934) is an English actress and occasional screenwriter.
Her first stage appearance was at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park in 1953. She also appeared on-stage with Laurence Olivier, John Thaw and James Bolam in Semi-Detached (1962) by David Turner.
Among her accomplishments are the creation of two television series - along with Jean Marsh she created the concept for an original television series, titled Behind the Green Baize Door, which became the award-winning ITV series Upstairs, Downstairs (1971–75). Jean Marsh played maid Rose for the duration of the series but Eileen was unable to accept a part due to stage commitments. The same team was also responsible for the BBC series The House of Eliott (1991–93).
As an actress her television work has included Three Sisters (1970), A Midsummer Night's Dream (1971), The Lady from the Sea (1974), Electra (1974), the villainess "Vanity Fair" in Dornford Yates' She Fell Among Thieves (1977), Sons and Lovers (1981), Oliver Twist (1982), Smiley's People (1982),Titus Andronicus (1985), The Burston Rebellion (1985), A Better Class of Person (1985), Roman Holiday (1987), The Lost Language of Cranes (1991), Cold Comfort Farm (1995), Talking Heads (1998), Madame Bovary (2000), David Copperfield (2000), Wit (2001) and Bertie and Elizabeth (2002).
Eileen has regularly returned to the life and work of Virginia Woolf for professional inspiration. She has played the writer on stage (A Room of One's Own and Vita and Virginia, winning the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person Show for the former) and screen (the 1990 television version of Room); she also provided the screenplay for the 1997 film adaptation of Woolf's novel Mrs. Dalloway - starring Vanessa Redgrave (her stage co-star in Vita and Virginia) - and made a cameo appearance in the 2002 film version of Michael Cunningham's Woolf-themed novel The Hours.
Her other films include I Don't Want to Be Born (1975), Equus (1977), The Dresser (1983), Wolf (1994), Jack and Sarah (1995), Gosford Park (2001), Cold Mountain (2003), Vanity Fair (2004) and Ask the Dust (2006).
She has appeared in countless stage productions in and around London, including A Delicate Balance (1997), Cymbeline (1988), Honour (2003), John Gabriel Borkman (1996), Mountain Language (1988), The Night of the Iguana (1992), The Unexpected Man (1998) and The Birthday Party (2005).
Eileen has appeared on Broadway many times as well, scoring four Tony nominations as Best Actress in a Play. Her debut was in 1966, in Frank Marcus' The Killing of Sister George. Next was the Russian play The Promise (which closed after less than a month in 1967). In 1972's premiere of Robert Bolt's Vivat! Vivat Regina!, she played Elizabeth I to Claire Bloom's Mary, Queen of Scots. The Scandinavian novelty The Night of the Tribades barely ran for two weeks in 1977. A bit more successful were 1995's new version of Jean Cocteau's Indiscretions directed by Sean Mathias (which co-starred Kathleen Turner and Broadway debutant Jude Law) and 2004's The Retreat from Moscow, William Nicholson's play about a marriage in ruins, with co-stars John Lithgow and Ben Chaplin.
In January 2006, she took over the lead role in the Broadway production of John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer-prize winning play Doubt also featuring Ron Eldard and Jena Malone. Her off-Broadway work has included A Room of One's Own (1991) and The Unexpected Man (2001).
In the autumn of 2007, she co-starred with Judi Dench and Michael Gambon in the BBC1 drama series Cranford playing the central role of Miss Deborah Jenkyns. This performance earned her the 2008 BAFTA Award for best actress, as well as the Emmy Award.
She returned to London's West End in January 2008 to play Mrs Rafi in Edward Bond's The Sea at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket. The play closed in April 2008. Later in 2008, she appeared at the Vaudeville Theatre in The Female of the Species, a play which outraged the feminist Germaine Greer because of its connection with an incident in her life. The play was, however, generally very well received, with The Sunday Telegraph reviewer Tim Walker giving it five stars and describing it as "great theatre."
Eileen was created a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 1990, and raised to Dame Commander (DBE) in 2001.