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Great Britain : Queen Mother's 100 Birthday (PHQ Cards)
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GENERAL INFORMATION
Country
United Kingdom
Type
PHQ Card
Class
Commemorative
Issued Date
04/08/2000
Designer
The Post Office
Printer
The White Dove Press
Gum
No Gum
IN COLLECTION CONDITION
Preliminary
Normal
Condition
Mint Never Hinged - Very Fine
Great Britain : Queen Mother's 100 Birthday (PHQ Cards)
QUEEN MOTHER'S 100 BIRTHDAY (2000)

Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon (4 August 1900 – 30 March 2002) was the wife of King George VI and the mother of Queen Elizabeth IIand Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon. She was queen consort of the United Kingdom from her husband's accession in 1936 until his death in 1952, after which she was known as Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, to avoid confusion with her daughter, another Queen Elizabeth. She was the last Empress of India.

STAMP ISSUE (COMPOSITE DESIGNS)

This is a special issue to commemorate Queen Mother's birthday and it is also considered special because of 4 generations depicted on a single stamp.

It depicts:
  • Queen Elizabeth II
  • Prince William
  • Prince Charles
  • Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mother
For Prince William, this is his first officially depicted on stamp by Royal Mail and for some to consider this was his 18th birthday celebration issue as well.
 
Photography :  John Swannell
MS typographic design :  John Gibbs
MS size :  121 x 89 mm
Stamp size :  29 x 29 mm

PHQ CARDS

The 'PHQ' stands for Postal Headquarters. PHQ Cards are postcards issued by the British Post Office depicting the designs of their commemorative stamps. They are generally available to buy in main post offices about two weeks prior to the release of each new set of stamps.

This particular set is not listed as PHQ that is no special number was assigned.

Minor faults on corners, and definitely noticeable for "Prince Charles".

COMPOSITE DESIGNS

According to Philatelic Terms Illustrated, defined as:
 
Composite Stamps. Stamps in which the design is spread over two or more stamps.

It was first introduced by Poland in 1957.



COLLECTION
Part of my Prince William's United Kingdom official issue.
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