Saturday, May 14, 2011

Antigua - Royal Silver Jubilee

This post is about the Silver Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation. The pictures show the 1977 Antigua Royal Silver Jubilee Booklet SB1 Fine Mint and the lovely stamps commemorating this event. The booklet has a $5 stamp showing the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, and also page of six 50 cent stamps of the Queen. There is a page devoted to the Official visits by the Queen between 1952 and 1977. And then there are three pages devoted to Antigua.
Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, born 21 April 1926) is the constitutional monarch of sixteen independent sovereign states known as the Commonwealth realms: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, and Saint Kitts and Nevis. As Head of the Commonwealth, she is the figurehead of the 54-member Commonwealth of Nations; as the British monarch, she is the Supreme Governor of the Church of England. Elizabeth was educated privately at home. Her father ascended the throne as George VI in 1936. Elizabeth began to undertake public duties during the Second World War, in which she served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service. When her father died in 1952, Elizabeth became Head of the Commonwealth and queen of seven independent Commonwealth countries: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon. Her coronation service in 1953 was the first to be televised.
During her 59-year reign, the second-longest for a British monarch, she became queen of 25 other Commonwealth countries as they gained independence. Between 1956 and 1992, half her realms, including South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon (renamed Sri Lanka), became republics. Her Silver and Golden Jubilees were celebrated in 1977 and 2002; planning for her Diamond Jubilee in 2012 is underway.  

Merja sent me this lovely booklet. Thank you My Dear Friend.

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