2017 Niue Platinum Wedding Anniversary Set of Mint Stamps - Set
2017 Niue Platinum Wedding Anniversary Set of Mint Stamps - Set for only GBP £4.16
New Zealand Post has created this special commemorative stamp issue to celebrate Niue’s Head of State, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip’s platinum wedding anniversary. Over their 70 years together they have achieved many remarkable milestones, of which family feature prominently. These photos aim to capture some of those magical moments, while the incorporation of the pua kenikeni flower shows a link to the island of Niue. Niue first became part of the British monarchy in 1900. Originally, the island of Niue was first settled by Polynesian sailors from nearby islands such as Tonga and Samoa. The first European to sight the island was Captain James Cook, but he wasn’t able to set foot on the island because of fierce opposition by the locals. Around 1846, Christian missionaries from England arrived to a more friendly welcome, and over time introduced their religious beliefs to the locals. Niue’s reigning King at the time, King Fataaiki, wrote to Queen Victoria in 1887 requesting to become part of the British monarchy and so be placed under British protection. His initial requests were turned down, but in 1900, Niue became a British protectorate and was later handed over into the care of New Zealand in 1901. Niue became self-governing in 1974 with New Zealand retaining control of its military and foreign affairs. 30c Wedding A snap of the happy couple on their wedding day in Westminster Abbey, Thursday 20 November 1947, shows them ready for the future. At that point, nobody could have guessed how successful the royal pair would be in their endeavours, both as monarchs and as husband and wife. $1.40 Children The royal family at Balmoral Castle in Scotland during a visit in October 1960. At this time, only three of their four children had been born. Here, Andrew is the youngest with Edward to join the family a few years later. $2.00 Summer holiday Enjoying another trip to Balmoral Castle in Scotland in 1972. The Queen and Prince Philip can be seen here enjoying the balmy weather. $4.00 Trooping the Colours ceremony Pictured here - surrounded by four generations of family - at the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony in London 2017, the Queen and Prince Philip watch the proceedings from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.