|BC306A||Celebrating England Stamps torn from the Miniature Sheet, unsigned||£25.00||Buy Now|
|BC306B||Celebrating England, with 5 stamps and labels from the smilers sheet, signed Geraldine McEwan||£45.00||Limited Availability|
|BC306AS||Celebrating England Stamps torn from the Miniature Sheet, signed by the Duke of Kent||£135.00||Buy Now|
Issue Date: 23/04/2007
Issue Name: Celebrating England Stamps torn from the Miniature Sheet
Producer: Buckingham Covers
On St George's Day, which is also Shakespeare's birthday, Royal Mail released a miniature sheet celebrating England. We have used the stamps from this sheet to create this superb tribute to England and her patron saint. Postmarked at Shakespeare's birth place. A limited number are signed by the Duke of Kent, cousin to HRM The Queen (can't get more English than that!).
St George - Patron Saint of England
Near the town of Silene in Libya, there lived a dragon. Th people were terrified of him so they tethered an animal outside the town gates for him each day, until they had no more. Then, in ultimate desperation, the King's daughter, young Princess Cleolinda was selected to be the sacrifice. St George rode up on his white charger, dismounted and fought thye monster on foot. As it was dying, he dragged it into the city, and slew it in front of the people. The King offered him a bag of gold as a reward for saving his daughter. This he refused and asked that it be given to the poor. The story is a powerful allegory, emblamatic of the triumph of good over evil.
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Prince Michael of Kent, GCVO, CD is a member of the British royal family. He is a paternal first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, being a grandson of King George V and Queen Mary. He is forty-sixth in the line of succession to the British throne.
Geraldine McEwan was an English actress who had a long career in theatre, television and film. Michael Coveney described her, in a tribute article, as "a great comic stylist, with a syrupy, seductive voice and a forthright, sparkling manner"