Royal Diamond Wedding Anniversary

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. 

Issue information

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.

Commemorative Coins

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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Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp

Single 50c 'Official NZ Joint Portrait' gummed stamp.

In Britain, the 2007 diamond wedding anniversary celebrations included a special exhibition at Buckingham Place – one that recreated the wedding day, with archive film footage of both the celebrations and the behind-the-scenes preparations. The exhibition also, for the first time since 1947, brought together the clothes worn by the main members of the wedding party – including Princess Elizabeth’s magnificent dress and jewellery.

$0.50
Single Stamp

Single $2.00 'Wedding Day 1947' gummed stamp.

You can see the dress in all its glory in this photograph taken on the wedding day. Designed by Court Dressmaker Norman Hartnell, the ivory silk gown was decorated with crystals and 10,000 seed pearls, with a four-metre train inspired by Botticelli’s figure of Primavera, symbolising rebirth and growth after the war. The Princess’s tiara was originally made for her grandmother, while her pearl necklaces reportedly belonged to Queen Anne and Queen Caroline (the consort of George II). The Prince wore military uniform in keeping with Royal tradition.

$2.00
Miniature Sheet Mint, used or cancelled miniature sheet. $2.50
First Day Cover First day cover with stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $3.00
Miniature Sheet First Cover First day cover with miniature sheet affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $3.00

Technical information

Date of issue: 5 September 2007
Number of stamps: Two gummed stamps
Denominations: 50c, $2.00
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
Perforation gauge: 14
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.