Stamp issue marks royal platinum anniversary

| 13/12/2017
CNS Local Life

Two of the four commemorative stamps

(CNS Local Life): Four new stamps featuring Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip and released to commemorate their platinum wedding anniversary mark the latest issue from the Cayman Islands Postal Service. The stamps, available for purchase at all post offices in the Cayman Islands, showcase photographs from the royal couple’s married life.

The photos comprise their engagement announcement on 9 July 1947; their wedding day on 20 November 1947; the 30th anniversary in 1982 of the Queen’s accession to the throne; and the couple at a public function in 2016, the year the Queen turned 90 and Prince Philip, 95, stated a Postal Service press release.

The stamps are available in decorated sheets of seven and come in denominations of 20¢ (the engagement); 25¢ (the wedding); 75¢ (30th anniversary of accession) and 80¢ (the 2016 portrait).

The sheets also include colourful depictions of four floral denizens of the Cayman Islands – banana orchid, bougainvillea, hibiscus and ghost orchid – as well as the three Cayman Islands.

The four individual stamps can be purchase as a single set or in sheets of seven of the same stamps.

With the purchase of the full set, collectors will also receive a brief information sheet about the royal couple’s life, from how they met to the present time.

“We in the Cayman Islands wanted to pay a special tribute to Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh on their very special occasion and decided to retain the vintage look all through in the stamps to match the earliest photograph featured,” said Postmaster General Sheena Glasgow.

“We are very honoured to present this special offering to the Cayman public and collectors alike. We in the Postal Service proffer our continuing good wishes to the royal couple for many more anniversaries to come,” she added.

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