|BCSHEET67||65th Wedding Anniversary of the Queen & Prince Philip stamp sheet||£35.00||Sold Out|
|BCSHEET67S||65th Wedding Anniversary of the Queen & Prince Philip stamp sheet, signed by Lady Pamela Hicks||£39.95||Sold Out|
Issue Date: 20/11/2012
Issue Name: The Queen & Prince Phillip 65 Years Stamp Presentation Sheet
Producer: Buckingham Covers
2012 sees the 65th Wedding Anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh. To commemorate this occassion we have produced this stunning sheet. Stunning background artwork showing The Royal couple Featuring 10 beautiful stamps and labels depicting Elizabeth and Philip, along with a 1st class Celebration stamp Marking the 65th Anniversary of The Queen and Prince Philip A limited edition of just 1,000 sheets A small number were hand signed by the Queen's bridesmaid, Lady Pamela Hicks.
Princess Elizabeth & Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten: 65 Years
On the morning of her wedding, Princess Elizabeth went to the window of her second-floor room at Buckingham Palace in her dressing-gown and looked out in amazement over the damp but cheerful crowds huddled on their blitz mattresses under blankets in the Mall.
It had been a cold, wet November night. At 7am the rain stopped. Women started to wash in tepid water from their vacuum flasks and re-apply their lipstick. Men were rolling up the bedding. By the time the colossal Irish state coach crunched out of the gates, carrying "the shimmering vision" of the bride they had been waiting for, some people had been out in the open for 19 hours. They erupted in a thunder of cheering all along the processional route from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey.
Austerity Britain was delirious to have something to celebrate. And Elizabeth and Philip, she just 21 and he 26, were an unbelievably glamorous couple, the wish-fulfilment of an exhausted nation. In a day of unashamed opulence and sentimentality, post-war rationing was forgotten, the disappointing drabness of victory set aside.
The wedding pageant of November 20, 1947, symbolised youth and hope with a theatricality and longing for change that no other royal wedding had done before, or would do again.
What are stamp sheets?
A stamp sheet is around A4 size and contains 10 first class stamps (the celebration 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: 1000
The Lady Pamela Carmen Louise Hicks, née Mountbatten (born 19th April 1929). She is the younger daughter of the 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma by his wife, the former Edwina Ashley. She is the sister of the 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma. Through her father Lady Pamela is a first cousin of the Duke of Edinburgh. She accompanied her parents to India and remained with them there throughout her father's term as Viceroy of pre-Independence India and then Governor-General of post-Partition India in 1947-48.
She was married to David Nightingal Hicks on 13th January 1960 at Romsey Abbey in Hampshire. He died in 1998.
Lady Pamela has three children: Edwina Victoria Louise Hicks (born 24th December 1961), Ashley Louis David Hicks (born 18th July 1963), and India Amanda Caroline Hicks (born 5th September 1967).
She was lady in waiting to Queen Elizabeth II on her Commonwealth Tour 1953-54 and was her bridesmaid.