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A Royal Romance: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip's Wedding in Philately

A Royal Romance: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip's Wedding in Philately

In the annals of royal history, few love stories captivate the imagination quite like that of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. Their union, marked by devotion and duty, is celebrated not only in the hearts of the British people but also in the world of philately. Join us as we delve into the romantic tale behind their wedding and explore the commemorative stamps that honour their enduring partnership.

A Love Story for the Ages

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip's love story began in 1934 when they met at the wedding of Prince George and Princess Marina. Over the years, their bond deepened, and despite the challenges posed by World War II, their affection blossomed. In the summer of 1947, the couple announced their engagement, sparking joy and excitement across the nation.

A Royal Affair

On November 20, 1947, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip exchanged vows in a majestic ceremony at Westminster Abbey, where her parents had married over decades before. The wedding, a symbol of hope and renewal in post-war Britain, was attended by dignitaries, royals, and esteemed guests from around the world. Millions of people tuned in to witness the historic event, which was broadcast on radio and captured in newspapers and newsreels. Whilst it was not screened live on television, it highlights were broadcast later the same day.

Commemorating a Milestone

To honour Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip's enduring love and commitment, four key commemorative stamps have been issued over the years. Each stamp issue serves as a testament to their unwavering dedication and shared journey.

1972 Silver Wedding Anniversary

The 1972 Silver Wedding anniversary stamp issue marked a significant milestone in the enduring love story of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. Released on November 20, 1972, to commemorate twenty-five years of marriage, this special stamp captured the essence of the royal couple's union.

Designed by renowned artist Jeffery Matthews, the stamp features a striking portrait of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, captured in a moment of intimacy and affection.

Set against a simple background of regal colours, the silver lettering and grey-scale portraits ties in the silver wedding anniversary theme with royal elegance. Its release was met with widespread acclaim and served as a cherished memento for collectors and admirers alike.

1997 Golden Wedding Anniversary

The 1997 Golden Wedding Anniversary stamp issue commemorated a remarkable milestone in the enduring marriage of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.

Originally due for issue on 7th October, the shocking death of Princess Diana caused the stamps to be delayed. Finally released on November 13th, 1997, to celebrate fifty years of marital bliss, this special stamp captured the essence of the royal couple's golden jubilee.

The design of these stamps departed from the typical designs of the 1990s. A Then and Now style set of portraits, featuring a wedding day portrait taken by Baron in black and white juxtaposed by a contemporary colour portrait of Elizabeth and Philip taken by Lord Snowdon over 50 years later, these stamps differed from others in the 1990s which tended to be bright, colourful and creatively artistic.

There is no doubt this style of realistic portrait was encouraged by Her Majesty to communicate her preference of how people should view the monarchy. The gold detailing of these designs along with their large square format, typical of stamps in Commonwealth nations but not Great Britain, hints to Her Majesty's interest in how she was portrayed around the world.

2007 Diamond Wedding Anniversary

The 2007 Diamond Wedding Anniversary stamp issue marked a rare and momentous occasion in the annals of royal history—the 60th wedding anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. Released on October 16th, 2007, this commemorative stamp paid tribute to six decades of enduring love and unwavering commitment.

These stamps, designed by Studio David Hillman, differ significantly from previous royal anniversary issues. No longer do we see formal portraits in stately dress. The royal family have entered a new era and are keeping up with the changing times by showing candid, unposed moments where the couple are performing their duties, laughing and enjoying themselves.

This is even more evident when you view the Miniature Sheet issued for the occasion, emblazoned with historical moments from the family photo album.

All of this is to say, even after 60 years of marriage and public spotlight, this royal couple were still evolving and growing with the times - together.

2017 Platinum Wedding Anniversary

In 2017, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip celebrated their Platinum Wedding Anniversary.

On November 20th, 2017, the Royal Mail released a Miniature Sheet depicting the royal couple at their engagement, their wedding and on their honeymoon.

This final chapter of Royal Wedding Anniversaries celebrates the story of the couple whilst being extremely relatable to the public. The Royalty is still present with appropriate attire and posed portraits - but a lot of the formality has been stripped away, showing a young couple in love and enjoying themselves, looking into each other's eyes more than the camera, inviting the viewer to feel as though they are watching the moment itself rather than a photograph.

Exploring Philatelic Treasures

Discover the beauty and significance of these special stamp issues, which showcase iconic moments from Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip's life together. From their early years of marriage to their golden and diamond milestones, these stamps capture the essence of a remarkable partnership that has stood the test of time.

Join us as we celebrate the timeless romance of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip through the lens of philately. Explore our collection of wedding anniversary stamps and commemorate a love story that has captured the hearts of millions around the world.

Stay tuned for our next blog post as we continue to explore the rich history and heritage of philately.


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