Rare Royal Sitting For British Post The Portrait Featured On A Mini-sheet Has Perforations Around The Heads For Four Stamps. It's The First Time Four Generations Of The Royal Family Have Posed For A Portrait Since Victoria's Reign.

Posted: August 11, 2000

Royal Post of Britain, which issued the first postage stamp 160 years ago, established a record last week when it issued commemoratives depicting four generations of the royal family.

The occasion was the 100th birthday of Elizabeth the queen mother.

The four 27-pence stamps are incorporated in a miniature sheet that reproduces a portrait of the queen mother; her daughter, Queen Elizabeth II; Charles, Prince of Wales; and Prince William.

The queen mother is sitting and the others standing. The sheet has perforations on four sides around each royal.

The queen mother was born on Aug. 4, 1900.

Queen Elizabeth was born on April 21, 1926, and Prince Charles on Nov. 14, 1948. Prince William was born June 21, 1982, and makes his first appearance on a British stamp. (He was featured on a series of royal family-approved stamps issued by six British colonies and Fiji earlier this year.)

The last time four generations of British royalty posed together for a group picture was during the reign (1837-1901) of Queen Victoria, but not for stamps.

Cancer-stamp update. More than $12 million for breast-cancer research has been raised from the sale of the first U.S. semipostal stamp. The nondenominated stamp was issued in July 1998 and sold for 40 cents; 33 cents was for first-class postage and the remaining 7 cents for cancer research.

Germany. A 110-pfennig stamp commemorating the 250th anniversary of the death of composer Johann Sebastian Bach was observed recently by Germany.

Germany also recalled the 50th anniversary of its federal-disaster relief organization, 110 pfennigs; the centennial of the first Zeppelin airship, 110 pfennigs; and the centennial of the Zugspitze meteorological station in Bavaria, 100 pfennigs.

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