70th Wedding Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth
Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip were married at 11:30 GMT on 20 November 1947 at Westminster Abbey, London. 70 years laterGibraltar is honoured to issue this set of stamps depicting images from their special day.
Princess Elizabeth was attended by eight bridesmaids: HRH The Princess Margaret (her younger sister), HRH Princess Alexandra ofKent (her first cousin), Lady Caroline Montagu-Douglas-Scott (daughter of the Duke of Buccleuch), Lady Mary Cambridge (her secondcousin), Lady Elizabeth Lambart (daughter of the Earl of Cavan), The Hon. Pamela Mountbatten (Philip’s first cousin), The Hon.Margaret Elphinstone (her first cousin) and The Hon. Diana Bowes-Lyon (her first cousin). Her cousins Prince William of Gloucesterand Prince Michael of Kent served as page boys. Issue Date 25th May 2017
Seven different ships fr om the British Royal Navy have been named aft er Gibraltar “HMS Gibraltar”.The set of seven stamps depict:22p – HMS Gibraltar was an Edgar-class cruiser launched in 1892, made into a depot ship in 1912, and sold 1923.
54p – HMS Gibraltar was a 101-gun screw first-rate launched in 1860, on loan as a training ship in 1872, renamedGrampian in 1889, and sold 1899.
64p – HMS Gibraltar was the 80-gun Fénix captured at the battle of Cape St. Vincent in 1780, used as a powder hulkin 1813 and broken up in 1836.
70p – HMS Gibraltar was an American 14-gun brig captured in 1779, then in turn captured by the Spanish in 1781and renamed Salvador, then recaptured by HMS Anson in 1800.
80p – HMS Gibraltar was to have been a 45,000 ton aircraft carrier, ordered fr om Vickers Armstrong on 15September 1943, but cancelled in October 1945.
£1 – HMS Gibraltar was a 20-gun sixth-rate built in 1711, rebuilt 1727, and sold 1748. It was the first command ofJohn Byng, who was aft erwards to be court-martialled and executed in the opening stages of the Seven Years’ War.
£3 – HMS Gibraltar was a 20-gun sixth-rate in service fr om 1754 to 1773.
Issue Date 25th May 2017