Stamp issue marks 70th royal anniversary

The set comprises four royal portraits on four sheets, with each sheet featuring seven stamps.

Four new stamps issued by the Cayman Islands Postal Service feature Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip to commemorate their platinum wedding anniversary.

The four stamps are available for purchase at all post offices in the Cayman Islands, and showcase photographs from the royal couple’s 70 years of married life.

These include their engagement announcement on July 9, 1947; their wedding day on Nov. 20, 1947; the 30th anniversary in 1982 of the Queen’s accession to the throne; and their royal highnesses at a public function in 2016, a year when the Queen turned 90 and Prince Philip 95.

“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.

The stamps are available in decorated sheets of seven and come in denominations as follows:

  • the stamp featuring the engagement is 20 cents
  • the wedding stamp is 25 cents
  • the 30th anniversary of accession is 75 cents and
  • the stamp featuring the 2016 portrait is 80 cents.

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

The four individual stamps cost $2 as a single set. If purchased as sheets of seven stamps, they cost as follows:

  • 20 cent sheet, $1.40
  • 25 cent sheet, $1.75
  • 75 cent sheet, $5.25 and
  • 80 cent sheet, $5.60.

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

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