1953 Royal Visit

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1953 Royal Visit
Cat. Mint Unhinged Mint Hinged Fine Used
3d Queen Elizabeth || 92a $0.55
4d Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh 92b $0.55
Set of 2 individual stamps 92c $1.05
First Day Cover - 9 December 1953 92d $4.50
... 3d (92a), 4d (92b)

Because the poor health of King George VI had led to the cancellation of proposed world tours in 1949 and 1952, a world tour by Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh was planned for 1952. A stamp issue was prepared for this visit but the stamps were destroyed when the tour was cancelled following the King's death.

After the 1953 Coronation, the Royal couple embarked on a gruelling six month Commonwealth tour during which time the Queen visited many countries which had never before seen their ruling monarch, including New Zealand. The Queen and the Duke flew from London to Bermuda and Jamaica. There they boarded the S.S. 'Gothic' and visited Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand where Queen Elizabeth made her live Christmas broadcast for 1953. The Royal couple then continued to Australia, Ceylon, Aden, Uganda and Malta where the Queen and the Duke were reunited with Prince Charles and Princess Anne. Finally they sailed from Malta to London via Gibraltar on the new Royal Yacht 'Britannia' which the Queen had launched earlier in that year.

These stamps were issued to commemorate the Royal visit to New Zealand. Only two stamps were issued as the 1953 Coronation commemorative and 1953 Queen Elizabeth II definitive stamps were all approved for issue in the same year.

The Postage Stamps of New Zealand Volume II
    Edited by R. J. G. Collins FRPSNZ and C. W. Watts FRPSNZ
    Published 1950 by The Royal Philatelic Society of New Zealand Incorporated
    Pages 147 - 151, 251 - 252
The Postage Stamps of New Zealand Volume IV
    Edited by R. J. G. Collins FRPSNZ and C.W. Watts FRPSNZ
    Published 1960 by The Royal Philatelic Society of New Zealand Incorporated
    Pages 390 - 393, 425 - 426
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