Issue Date: 24/05/2019
Issue Name: Queen Victoria's Bicentenary
Producer: Buckingham Covers
We mark two significant bicentenaries in 2019 –the birth of both Queen Victoria and that of her husband Prince Albert. Queen Victoria’s reign was the second longest in British royal history and the era named after her saw dramatic social, political and economic change.
Our lovely cover features the 6 new stamps portraying the Life and Times of Queen Victoria from Princess to Empress. It features a stunning image of Kensington Palace (where Victoria was born), along with our Queen Victoria, Kensington postmark.
Born at Kensington Palace on 24th May 1819, Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria) was the only daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Kent. When she was born she was fifth in line to the throne, after her Father and his three brothers. Her father died shortly after her birth. Her Uncle, George IV reigned for ten years but died in 1830 with no surviving children, his brother Frederick had died three years earlier and so her uncle, William IV, became King. He was old and unwell and, having no legitimate children, Victoria became heir to the throne.
Victoria was raised in a strict, secluded environment. King William disliked her mother, the Duchess of Kent, and was determined that she should not become Regent on behalf of Victoria. Despite his failing health he lived to see Victoria’s eighteenth birthday, and just twenty seven days later, on 20th June 1837, he died and Victoria became Queen.
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