Issue Date: 20/11/2017
Issue Name: Royal Platinum Wedding Miniature Sheet Cover
Producer: Buckingham Covers
Celebrate the Royal Platinum Wedding anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip with this limited edition stamps souvenir released on the 20th November 2017 to celebrate 70 years of marriage. This first day cover features wonderful silver blocking depicting elements of Her Majesty's 1947 wedding dress, the jasmine flower and wheat, while the envelope background is a beautiful pale cream to give a real feeling of prestige.
The full miniature sheet in black & white features three pairs of stamps to celebrate the Royal couple's Engagement, Wedding Day & Honeymoon. There are three 1st Class stamps and three £1.57 stamps which are cancelled with our special Platinum Wedding, 70 Years postmark on the first day of issue (20th November, 2017).
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip
It was, in 1947, that rarest of unions, a royal love match - their tune was People Will Say We’re In Love from the hit show Oklahoma and on November 20th they were married. The dashing Prince Philip of Greece and the 21 year old Princess Elizabeth, heiress to Britain’s throne were clearly besotted.
Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten was created Duke of Edinburgh and given the right to be called His Royal Highness on the eve of their wedding. The ceremony took place at Westminster Abbey before 2,300 guests including 5 kings, 8 queens, 8 princes, 10 princesses and 52 members of the royal family. The entire cabinet was present, along with Sir Winston Churchill.
The wedding was the first royal celebration since the end of the war and Winston Churchill described the occasion as ‘a bright ray of colour on the hard grey road we have to travel.’ Indeed, rationing was still in place and Elizabeth had to use clothing ration coupons to pay for her dress. The ivory silk gown, designed by Sir Norman Hartnell, was symbolic of the post war era. In a time of austerity, motifs of rebirth were heavily embroidered onto the dress and train which included jasmine, lilac and white rose blossoms. Ears of corn were also embroidered to symbolise fertility and prosperity.
It is said that the Queen claims the early years of their marriage in Malta as they began a life and family together were among the happiest she had known, a life they both had to leave behind when Elizabeth ascended the throne in 1952. Throughout good times and bad, Prince Philip has been at his wife’s side, a steady support and influence on the Queen as she goes about her duties. Queen Elizabeth said of Philip: ‘He is someone who doesn’t take easily to compliments. But he has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I and his whole family, in this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim or we shall ever know.’
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Sir Simon Alexander Bowes-Lyon KCVO is a first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II and was Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire from 1986 to 2007. He was created a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in The Queen's Birthday Honours List 2005.
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