She has captivated the hearts of generations with her grace and warmth, and astounded us all with her capacity to enjoy life to the fullest.
This remarkable woman is the Queen Mother, an icon of the Royal Family who was born the Honourable Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon on 4 August 1900. Twenty-three years later she met and married George, the Duke of York – and in 1937 became the Queen of England when King Edward VIII abdicated and the Duke was proclaimed George VI, King of England.
So began a life of public duty for this popular couple and their two daughters Elizabeth and Margaret – a life that spanned World War II and included royal tours to France, Canada, the United States and South Africa.
In 1952 King George died, Elizabeth ascended to the throne, and her mother became known as Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. She embraced her new role wholeheartedly and undertook more than 40 visits abroad, including the 1958 and 1966 Royal Tours of New Zealand.
The Queen Mother’s visits to New Zealand reflected her preference for informality. The pace was relentless as she visited numerable towns and cities throughout the country. While here, she also indulged her passion – and her skill – for fishing, and her love of horses and horse racing.
In this delightful stamp issue, we acknowledged and applauded the Queen Mother’s energy, commitment and integrity as a representative of the Monarchy – and wished her all the best for her one hundredth year.
This issue included a miniature sheet with the set of three stamps reproduced as a se-tenant strip. The stamps were linked by both the background scene including Glamis Castle, Lake Wanaka and the Queen Mother with a thoroughbred horse; and by two symbols of her heritage – the Glamis Rose and the Star of the Order of the Thistle.
A Life that Spans a Century
This very special book was filled with enduring memories of the Queen Mother's childhood, reign, family, achievements, interests and visits to New Zealand.
This quality presentation captures her story and includes four special collectable items mounted and exclusive to this volume. There were three sheets of stamps, one for each denomination, with a special commemorative selvedge, and a single sheet with three Queen Mother miniature sheets vertically joined together. A limited quantity of only 5,000 books were available.
Her story was told through a series of historical accounts, itineraries of her New Zealand visits and black & white and colour photographs. The book began with her childhood in three different family homes, including the historic 1,000 year-old castle of Glamis. The 40c stamp featured a portrait of her as a beautiful seven-year old firl embracing a bouquet. The book included further photographs of her and one with her younger brother.
Read on and you could discover the lengths the Duke of York had to go to, to persuade Lady Elizabeth to marry him and join the Royal family. It detailed the story about how they first met, his determined pursuit, and the infamous three-word telegram to King George V and Queen Mary when Lady Elizabeth finally accepted his proposal of marriage. Her first overseas tour with her husband, in October 1923, was when they attended a wedding in Greece.
Four years later, in May, she paid her first visit to New Zealand. A decade later, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth were officially crowned at the Royal Coronation in Westminister Abbey. You could discover that there is much more to the story of how they became King and Queen.
Some years later she returned to New Zealand and became the first ever member of the Royal Family to fly around the world. You could examine the details of the strenuous schedule she kept whilst in New Zealand. Details of her later 1966 visit were also included in the book.
Product Listing for The Queen Mother - 100 Years
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|Date of issue:||4 August 2000|
|Number of stamps:||Three|
|Denominations and designs:||40c Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, 1907; $1.10 The Queen Mother, 1966; and $1.80 The Queen Mother, 1997|
|Stamps, miniature sheet and first day covers designed by:||Comm Arts Design, Wellington|
|Book designed by:||DNA Design, Wellington|
|Printer and process:||Southern Colour Print, New Zealand, by offset lithography|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours|
|Stamp size and format:||30mm x 35.71mm horizontal|
|Miniature sheet size:||115mm x 60mm|
|Number of stamp per sheet:||25|
|Paper type:||103 gsm red phosphor stamp paper|
|Special blocks:||Plate/imprint blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet. Barcode and value blocks could be obtained by purchasing atlleast two stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks were available in B format.|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until 3 August 2001. The book remained on sale until 3 August 2002.|