In 1947, as the people of Great Britain were rebuilding their lives after the devastation of World War II, a Royal celebration heralded nationwide rejoicing throughout the Commonwealth.
On 20 November, Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary (the elder daughter of King George VI, and soon to be Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II) married the Duke of Edinburgh – an occasion we remembered in New Zealand as the couple celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.
New Zealand Post was honoured to release a stamp issue commemorating this momentous milestone for New Zealand's Head of State. For not only was it a personal achievement for the couple, but Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 40th monarch since William the Conqueror obtained the crown of England, was the first reigning sovereign to reach a 60th wedding anniversary.
Honouring 60 Years of Marriage
The two stamps also took their place on three superb collectables – a first day cover, a miniature sheet and a miniature sheet first day cover. The first day cover featured a Royal family portrait taken on the wedding day, while the miniature sheet and miniature sheet first day cover depicted the writing desk that was presented to the couple on behalf of the people of New Zealand as their wedding gift. The gift was designed by renowned Austrian architect Ernst Plishke during his time in New Zealand.
|Take a look at the commemorative coins that were also part of this issue. Click here to find out more.|
Product Listing for Royal Diamond Wedding Anniversary
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|Date of issue:||5 September 2007|
|Number of stamps:||Two gummed stamps|
|Stamps and first day cover designed by:||Communication Arts, Wellington|
|Printer and process:||Southern Colour Print, by offset lithography|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours|
|Paper type:||Tullis Russell 104 gsm red phosphor stamp paper|
|Stamp size and format:||30mm x 40mm|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||25|
|Special blocks:||Plate/imprint blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps for a sheet. Barcode blocks were available in both A and B formats.|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until 4 September 2008.|