2016 cover celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th Birthday and Prince Philip’s 95th Birthday. This brilliant cover features a recent image of the Royal Couple and was produced to celebrate the two landmark birthdays, featuring a 90th Birthday 1st Class stamp wth Trooping the Colour postmark 11.06.2016 and a Golden Wedding stamp which has our Platinum Wedding Cachet. The cover will also have a pair of Platinum Wedding stamps (our choice) from the 2017 issue celebrating 70 years of marriage and will be cancelled with our special London, SW1A postmark (This is where Buckingham Palace is located).
- 2016 cover celebrating the 95th Birthday of Prince Philip
- And the 90th Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
- With a Queen Elizabeth II 90th Birthday stamp
- And a Trooping the Colour postmark (11th June, 2016)
- Doubled with a Platinum Wedding pair of stamps
- And a Special Platinum Wedding London, SW1A postmark (20th November, 2017)
- Also with a Golden Wedding stamp and special cachet
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.’