2017 Platinum Wedding Anniversary
New Zealand Post has created this special commemorative stamp issue to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh’s platinum wedding anniversary. Over their 70 years of marriage, they have achieved many remarkable milestones, of which family feature prominently. The stamps capture some of these magical moments.
While the Queen and Prince Philip were engaged in 1946, their engagement was not
formally announced to the world until the following year – 10 July 1947 – when Elizabeth
On Thursday 20 November 1947, the royal couple were married in Westminster Abbey.
Despite all their royal responsibilities, some of the most significant moments in their lives are
family occasions. The births of their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren are
sure to have been among the highlights. And the fourth generation of the royal family
continues to grow, with another great-grandchild expected in the first half of 2018.
Together, the Queen and Prince Philip have broken many records. She is the longestserving
– and longest-living – sovereign in New Zealand’s history, and the first to visit this
country while reigning. He is the longest-serving consort and the longest-lived male member
of the royal family. They are the first royal couple to see three generations of successors to
the throne. No other members of the royal family have ever celebrated a platinum wedding
anniversary, which makes this a very rare and remarkable milestone by any standard.
$1.00 Engagement day
Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten on the day their engagement was
formally announced to the world. She was 21 and he was 26.
$2.00 Husband and wife
This is one of the many wedding photos taken immediately after the royal couple’s wedding.
Princess Elizabeth had taken her husband’s title and become the Duchess of Edinburgh. It
was not until 1957 that the Queen proclaimed that Philip would be known as a Prince in his
$2.20 Silver wedding anniversary
This photo was part of a series taken to mark the Queen and Prince Philip’s upcoming silver
wedding anniversary in 1972. At the time, New Zealand’s royal family included the Queen,
Prince Philip, Prince Charles (23), Princess Anne (22), Prince Andrew (12), and Prince
$2.30 New Zealand royal engagement
The Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, and Princess Anne toured New Zealand from 30
January to 8 February 1974. They attended Waitangi Day ceremonies (then known as New
Zealand Day) at Waitangi. Prince Philip opened the Commonwealth Games held in
Christchurch and the Queen closed them 10 days later.
$2.70 Many generations
In 2016 the Queen celebrated her 90th birthday surrounded by family. Pictured standing on
the balcony of Buckingham Palace, four generations of the royal family can be seen enjoying
the celebrations. Prince Phillip, Charles and William wear distinctive red ceremonial uniform,
with their various medals and awards, while Harry stands out in his navy blue dress uniform.
$3.30 70 years on
Almost 70 years after they were married, the Queen and Prince Philip appear on the balcony
of Buckingham Palace to watch the Trooping the Colour parade, with their four children,
eight grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.
The miniature sheet features royal purple for the background colour, with a koru pattern over
the top to give it a unique New Zealand flavour.
Find out more about the history of the royals and the love story of Queen Elizabeth II and
Prince Philip in this collectable presentation pack.