Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother 1900 - 2002

Hers was a life of extraordinary events and devoted service, that spanned the 20th century and beyond. Born the Honourable Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon on 4 August 1900, she had roles in public life as the Duchess of York, the Queen Consort and, following the death of George VI, as Queen Mother, a title created especially for her. In all that time, public affection and admiration for her only continued to increase.

Issue information

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother died at the Royal Lodge, Windsor, on Saturday, 30 March 2002, aged 101.  This postage stamp is New Zealand's tribute to Her Majesty's long life and many years of public service.  This is the fourth occasion that the Queen Mother has appeared on a New Zealand postage stamp. In 1937, a set of three stamps was issued for the Coronation of her husband, King George VI and herself as Queen Consort, in 1946 she appeared with the Royal Family on the two penny Peace stamp, and in 2000 on a set of three stamps issued for her 100th birthday.

Technical information

Date of Issue: 5 June 2002
Stamp Designer: Red Cactus Design, Wellington, New Zealand
Printer: Southern Colour Print, Dunedin, New Zealand
Stamp Size: 40mm x 35mm
Sheet Size: 50
Paper Type: De la Rue 103gsm red phosphor stamp paper
Perforation: 14.25