14/01/2020

 

HER MAJESTY

QUEEN ELIZABETH

THE QUEEN MOTHER

 

My interest in the Queen Mother came about from the fact that she was, at the time of her death, the only direct member of the royal family I had not seen. I am not a royalist, as major fans are called, but through my work, where I met Princess Diana, and the fact that I obtained the Queens Scout Award and the Duke of Edinburgh gold award when I was younger meant I got to meet the Queen and Prince Phillip. But I never got to met or see the Queen Mother.

When the Queen Mother passed away in 2002 a range of postcards were issued and there was a special stamp set issued. With these items I decided to combine some of these items and produce some commemorative souvenirs for my collection. I may have gone a bit overboard!

 

HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER’S

80TH BIRTHDAY

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 45 8/80

 

I have a number of copies of this postcard in my collection. This one has the depicted stamp applied to the front and cancelled with a simple BASILDON First Day of Issue standard circular cancellation, dated 4th August 1980. It was then, and still is a cheap postcard. Because this card had little real value, and I had more than one I was able to add another postal aspect to it.

When the news announced the death of the Queen Mother on the 30th March 2002 I got a hold of a royalty themed stamp (depicting the Queen) and applied this to the top left corner of the card and had this cancelled with the standard ROYAL MAIL WINDSOR [which I thought was an appropriate location] pictorial cancel dated 30th March 2002, the date the Queen Mother passed away. A possibly unique addition to my collection.

 

HAPPY 90TH BIRTHDAY

HM THE QUEEN MOTHER

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 128 (a) 8/90

 

On the 2nd of August 1990 the Royal Mail issued a four-stamp set celebrating the 90th birthday of the Queen Mother. PHQ Stamp cards were also issued for all four designs. This is the card for the 20p value design.

After the Queen Mother passed away in 2002 the royal mail issued a set to commemorate her life and cover her death philatelically. There was not enough time to produce new images, so they used the same four basic images as used for the 90th birthday celebration set but added a black boarder, where the original stamps had a silver boarder. In this black boarder they added different text. Although stamps were printed and issued there was not enough time for representative Stamp Cards to be issued, so this is one stamp set that did not have any stamp cards issued for it. Therefore, I used the original 90th birthday stamp cards, already cancelled for that celebration, to receive the then new death of the Queen Mother stamps.

 

This copy has been used First Day of issue on the front with:

20p - Happy 90th Birthday 1990 stamp – first day of issue 2nd August 1990

1st – Death of the Queen Mother stamp – first day of issue 25th April 2002   

 

HAPPY 90TH BIRTHDAY

HM THE QUEEN MOTHER

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 128 (a) 8/90

 

This second copy has been used First Day of issue on the reverse side with:

20p - Happy 90th Birthday 1990 stamp – first day of issue 2nd August 1990

1st – Death of the Queen Mother stamp – first day of issue 25th April 2002   

 

HAPPY 90TH BIRTHDAY

HM THE QUEEN MOTHER

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 128 (b) 8/90

 

This copy has been used First Day of issue on the front side with:

29p - Happy 90th Birthday 1990 stamp – first day of issue 2nd August 1990

E value – Death of the Queen Mother stamp – first day of issue 25th April 2002   

 

HAPPY 90TH BIRTHDAY

HM THE QUEEN MOTHER

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 128 (b) 8/90

 

This second copy has been used First Day of issue on the reverse side with:

29p - Happy 90th Birthday 1990 stamp – first day of issue 2nd August 1990

E value – Death of the Queen Mother stamp – first day of issue 25th April 2002   

 

HAPPY 90TH BIRTHDAY

HM THE QUEEN MOTHER

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 128 (c) 8/90

 

This copy has been used First Day of issue on the front side with:

34p - Happy 90th Birthday 1990 stamp – first day of issue 2nd August 1990

45p – Death of the Queen Mother stamp – first day of issue 25th April 2002   

 

 

HAPPY 90TH BIRTHDAY

HM THE QUEEN MOTHER

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 128 (c) 8/90

 

This second copy has been used First Day of issue on the reverse side with:

34p - Happy 90th Birthday 1990 stamp – first day of issue 2nd August 1990

45p – Death of the Queen Mother stamp – first day of issue 25th April 2002   

 

HAPPY 90TH BIRTHDAY

HM THE QUEEN MOTHER

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 128 (d) 8/90

 

This copy has been used First Day of issue on the front side with:

37p - Happy 90th Birthday 1990 stamp – first day of issue 2nd August 1990

65p – Death of the Queen Mother stamp – first day of issue 25th April 2002   

 

 

HAPPY 90TH BIRTHDAY

HM THE QUEEN MOTHER

Published by

ROYAL MAIL

Ref: PHQ 128 (d) 8/90

 

This second copy has been used First Day of issue on the reverse side with:

37p - Happy 90th Birthday 1990 stamp – first day of issue 2nd August 1990

65p – Death of the Queen Mother stamp – first day of issue 25th April 2002   

 

100TH BIRTHDAY WISHES

THE QUEEN MOTHER’S 100TH BIRTHDAY

4TH AUGUST 2000

With

G.VI.R. LUDLOW WALL BOX. 1937

By

ROSALIND WICKS

Published by

ROSALIND WICKS

Printed by

THOUGHT FACTORY

Ref: No. 77

 

We have a 80th birthday and some 90th birthday related postcards depicted above so I thought I would add in this 100th birthday postcard issued by one of my favourite UK artists, the late Rosalind Wicks. The image also has connection with a card depicted below as well.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

SIGNED BY THE ARTIST

ROSALIND WICKS

 

This has the 27p Queen Mother stamp from the 100th birthday special stamp sheet applied. This has been cancelled first day of issue with a nice silver coloured special hand stamp dated 4th August 2000. With the addition of the artists signature as well, this is a nice item.

 

“IN MEMORIAM”

Commemorating the death of Queen Elizabeth,

The Queen Mother,

On March 30th, 2002

IN LOVING MEMORY

HM QUEEN ELIZABETH

THE QUEEN MOTHER

1900 – 2002

By

ROSALIND WICKS

Published by

ROSALIND WICKS

Printed by

THOUGHT FACTORY

Ref: No.93

 

This is the first, and in my mind the best of the ‘in memoriam’ postcard issues which were released. This one was released quite quickly and to achieve this the artist used the same image of the Queen Mother as she had drawn for the post card she issued for the Queen Mother’s 100th birthday, but the design is no less impressive for this.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

SIGNED BY THE ARTIST

ROSALIND WICKS

 

Used with the 45p – Death of the Queen Mother stamp cancelled first day of issue, 25th April 2002, with a special hand stamp   

 

REVERSE SIDE OFANOTHER COPY OF THE ABOVE POSTCARD

 

SIGNED BY THE ARTIST

ROSALIND WICKS

 

Used with the 65p – Death of the Queen Mother stamp cancelled first day of issue, 25th April 2002, with a special hand stamp

 

REVERSE SIDE OFANOTHER COPY OF THE ABOVE POSTCARD

 

SIGNED BY THE ARTIST

ROSALIND WICKS

 

Used with the E value – Death of the Queen Mother stamp cancelled first day of issue, 25th April 2002, with a special hand stamp

 

REVERSE SIDE OFANOTHER COPY OF THE ABOVE POSTCARD

 

SIGNED BY THE ARTIST

ROSALIND WICKS

 

Used with the 1st class – Death of the Queen Mother stamp cancelled first day of issue, 25th April 2002, with a special hand stamp

 

QUEEN MOTHER

By

PAT WURMLI

Published by

BEVERE VIVIS GALLERY PRINTS, WORCESTER

Ref: No. 15

Collectors Series 04-Pot Pourri

BV/04/15

 

I always thought this was a lovely postcard and as a result I had bought a handful of mint copies and had put them away, although I was not sure why at the time.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

I produced this used card by applying the two royal stamps and obtaining two different special hand stamps:

 

30 MARCH 2002 – ROYAL MAIL, WINDSOR – This was the date, as mentioned above, that the Queen Mother passed away.

9th APRIL 2020 – ROYAL MAIL LONDON SW (Buckingham Palace) – This was the date of the funeral of the Queen Mother.

 

90TH BIRTHDAY GREETINGS

1990

4TH AUGUST 1990

Published by

P.H. TOPICS, BASINGSTOKE

Ref: No. 74

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This has been used with the 20p Royal Mail 90th Birthday stamp which has been cancelled with a special first day of issue – 4th August 1990 – hand stamp.

To this card I also applied a royal themed stamp which was cancelled:

30 MARCH 2002 – ROYAL MAIL, WINDSOR – This was the date, as mentioned above, that the Queen Mother passed away.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ANOTHER COPY OF THE ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This has been used with the 20p Royal Mail 90th Birthday stamp which has been cancelled with a special first day of issue – 4th August 1990 – hand stamp (different to the one used on the above copy).

To this card I also applied a royal themed stamp (E value) which was cancelled:

30 MARCH 2002 – ROYAL MAIL, WINDSOR – This was the date, as mentioned above, that the Queen Mother passed away.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ANOTHER COPY OF THE ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This was a card I bought from a dealer – C.A. Boylett – who had applied the 20p 90th birthday stamp and had this cancelled first day of issue. This was number 50 of 100 copies produced.

I applied the 1st class stamp top left, and this cancelled 30 MARCH 2002 – ROYAL MAIL, WINDSOR – This was the date, as mentioned above, that the Queen Mother passed away.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ANOTHER COPY OF THE ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This was a card I bought from a dealer – C.A. Boylett – who had applied the 20p 90th birthday stamp and had this cancelled first day of issue. This was number 34 of 100 copies produced.

I applied the 1st class stamp top left, and this cancelled 30 MARCH 2002 – ROYAL MAIL, WINDSOR – This was the date, as mentioned above, that the Queen Mother passed away.

 

THE QUEEN MOTHER

1900 – 2002

Published by

P.H. TOPICS

Ref: No. 386

 

This was another issue which came out very quickly after the death of the Queen Mother. I bought a small number of these and had them cancelled with the royal mail death commemoration stamps and cancellations.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

Used first day of issue with the 65p Queen Mothers Death stamp – cancelled 25th April 2002

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ANOTHER COPY OF THE ABOVE POSTCARD

 

Used first day of issue with the 45p Queen Mothers Death stamp – cancelled 25th April 2002

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ANOTHER COPY OF THE ABOVE POSTCARD

 

Used first day of issue with the 1st class Queen Mothers Death stamp – cancelled 25th April 2002

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ANOTHER COPY OF THE ABOVE POSTCARD

 

Used first day of issue with the E value Queen Mothers Death stamp – cancelled 25th April 2002

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ANOTHER COPY OF THE ABOVE POSTCARD

 

Used first day of issue with the 1st class Queen Mothers Death stamp – cancelled 25th April 2002

 

LOVED AND ADMIRED BY THE NATION

HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH

THE QUEEN MOTHER

4TH AUGUST 1900 – 30TH MARCH 2002

“STRENGTH, DIGNITY AND LAUGHTER”

Design by

JACKIE BIRD

Printed by

THE POSTCARD COMPANY LTD

Published by

MILESTONES

Ref: Milestone Series No. 35

04/02

Limited Edition of 500 copies

 

Probably my least favourite of the postcard issues for the death of the Queen Mother, but this does not mean that it is an unattractive design, far from it. There is also the fact that as only 500 copies were printed it can be a hard card to find now.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

Used with a 1st Class death of the Queen Mother stamp cancelled first day of issue on the 25th April 2002

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ANOTHER COPY OF THE ABOVE POSTCARD

 

Used with a 1st Class death of the Queen Mother stamp cancelled first day of issue on the 25th April 2002

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ANOTHER COPY OF THE ABOVE POSTCARD

 

Used with a 1st Class death of the Queen Mother stamp cancelled first day of issue on the 25th April 2002

 

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ANOTHER COPY OF THE ABOVE POSTCARD

 

Used with a 1st Class death of the Queen Mother stamp cancelled first day of issue on the 25th April 2002

 

1900 – 2002

QUEEN ELIZABETH, THE QUEEN MOTHER

Design by

C. ROACH

Published by

C. ROACH, SOUTHAMPTON

 

I had the opportunity to buy a nice little number of this issue, which I did, so I decided to obtain a copy of every available special handstamp I could across these cards. These are all displayed below.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This has been used with a 1st Class royal mail death of the Queen Mother stamp cancelled with a special 25th April 2002 hand stamp.  

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ANOTHER COPY OF THE ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This has been used with a 1st Class royal mail death of the Queen Mother stamp cancelled with a special 25th April 2002 hand stamp.  

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ANOTHER COPY OF THE ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This has been used with a 1st Class royal mail death of the Queen Mother stamp cancelled with a special 25th April 2002 hand stamp.  

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ANOTHER COPY OF THE ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This has been used with a 1st Class royal mail death of the Queen Mother stamp cancelled with a special 25th April 2002 hand stamp.  

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ANOTHER COPY OF THE ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This has been used with a 1st Class royal mail death of the Queen Mother stamp cancelled with a special 25th April 2002 hand stamp.  

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ANOTHER COPY OF THE ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This has been used with a 1st Class royal mail death of the Queen Mother stamp cancelled with a special 25th April 2002 hand stamp.  

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ANOTHER COPY OF THE ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This has been used with a 1st Class royal mail death of the Queen Mother stamp cancelled with a special 25th April 2002 hand stamp.  

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ANOTHER COPY OF THE ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This has been used with a 1st Class royal mail death of the Queen Mother stamp cancelled with a special 25th April 2002 hand stamp.  

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ANOTHER COPY OF THE ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This has been used with a 1st Class royal mail death of the Queen Mother stamp cancelled with a special 25th April 2002 hand stamp.  

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ANOTHER COPY OF THE ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This has been used with a 1st Class royal mail death of the Queen Mother stamp cancelled with a special 25th April 2002 hand stamp.  

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ANOTHER COPY OF THE ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This has been used with a 1st Class royal mail death of the Queen Mother stamp cancelled with a special 25th April 2002 hand stamp.  

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ANOTHER COPY OF THE ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This has been used with a 1st Class royal mail death of the Queen Mother stamp cancelled with a special 25th April 2002 hand stamp.  

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ANOTHER COPY OF THE ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This has been used with a 1st Class royal mail death of the Queen Mother stamp cancelled with a special 25th April 2002 hand stamp.  

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ANOTHER COPY OF THE ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This has been used with a 1st Class royal mail death of the Queen Mother stamp cancelled with a special 25th April 2002 hand stamp.  

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ANOTHER COPY OF THE ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This has been used with a 1st Class royal mail death of the Queen Mother stamp cancelled with a special 25th April 2002 hand stamp.  

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ANOTHER COPY OF THE ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This has been used with a 1st Class royal mail death of the Queen Mother stamp cancelled with a special 25th April 2002 hand stamp.  

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ANOTHER COPY OF THE ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This has been used with a 1st Class royal mail death of the Queen Mother stamp cancelled with a special 25th April 2002 hand stamp.  

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ANOTHER COPY OF THE ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This has been used with a 1st Class royal mail death of the Queen Mother stamp cancelled with a special 25th April 2002 hand stamp.  

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ANOTHER COPY OF THE ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This has been used with a 1st Class royal mail death of the Queen Mother stamp cancelled with a special 25th April 2002 hand stamp.  

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ANOTHER COPY OF THE ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This has been used with a 1st Class royal mail death of the Queen Mother stamp cancelled with a special 25th April 2002 hand stamp.  

 

GOODBYE MA’AM

1900 – 2002

QUEEN ELIZABETH, THE QUEEN MOTHER

Design by

C. ROACH

Published by

C. ROACH, SOUTHAMPTON

 

This was the card which related to the funeral and one which I only managed to get one copy of, but there was one special cancellation which was announced quite late, and after I had posted off all of the above cards, so I had this final special handstamp applied to this card, in fact I had two stamps applied and two cancels obtained.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This has been used with two 1st Class royal mail death of the Queen Mother stamps cancelled with special 25th April 2002 hand stamps.  

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