50th Wedding Anniversary

Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, KG, RN were married at Westminster Abbey, London on 20 November 1947.

Issue information

Princess Elizabeth was born on 21 April 1926, the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York. In 1936, on the abdication of King Edward VIII, the Duke and Duchess became King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother) and Princess Elizabeth heir presumptive to the throne.

The Duke of Edinburgh, formally His Royal Highness Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, was born on 10 June 1921, on the Greek island of Corfu. He is the only son of Their Royal Highnesses Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg. His mother was the sister of Earl Mountbatten of Burma.

On the 20th of November 1947, cheered by the teeming throngs lining the entire length of the processional route, supported by crowned heads and invited dignitaries at the ceremony itself, and before millions more through the medium of television throughout the United Kingdom and abroad, Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh were married at Westminster Abbey, London.

In January 1952 The Princess and Duke, on behalf of the King, left England for a tour of East Africa, Australia and New Zealand. However, on 6 February, while holidaying in Kenya, King George VI died. Princes Elizabeth immediately returned to England as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and she was crowned on 2 June 1953 in Westminster Abbey.

Product Listing for 50th Wedding Anniversary

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Mint, used or cancelled sheetlet of 10 x 40c stamps.

The stamp in this issue showed the Queen resplendant in the Star and Sash of the Order of the Garter and wearing the Sovereign's Badge of the Queen's Service Order (a New Zealand order instituted in 1975), while Prince Philip wears the uniform of the Admiral of the Fleet in the Royal New Zealand Navy (appointed in 1958).

First Day Cover First day cover with two stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $4.50
Limited Edition Limited edition collectable containing exclusive stamp products not available anywhere else. $135.00

Technical information

Date of issue: 12 November 1997
Number of stamps: One in a sheetlet of ten stamps
Denominations: 40c Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip
Stamps and first day cover designed by: Red Cactus Design, Wellington, New Zealand; Photography by Woolf
Printer and process: Southern Colour Print, New Zealand by lithography
Number of colours: Six (four process colours and plus one special blue, plus gold)
Stamp size and format: 30mm x 35mm (vertical)
Sheetlet size: 100mm x 215mm
Paper type: 103 gsm Red phosphor coated, unwatermarked
Number of stamps per sheetlet: 10 
Perforation gauge: 12
Special blocks: Due to the sheetlet nature of this issue, plate/imprint, positional, barcode and colour blocks were not available for this issue.
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 12 November 1998.