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Royal Wedding 2011 - Engagement

The Royal Wedding

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue April 29, 2011
Year 2011
Quantity 3,676,000
Denomination
$1.75
Perforation or Dimension 13+
Series The Royal Wedding
Series Time Span 2011
Printer Lowe-Martin
Postal Administration Canada

Stamp Values/Prices (Beta Mode*)

Condition Name Avg Price
M-NH-VF Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine
Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine $3.75
U-VF Used - Very Fine
Used - Very Fine $1.50
* Notes about these prices:
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  • They are not based on catalogue values but on current dealer and auction listings. The reason for this is that catalogues tend to over-value stamps.
  • They are average prices and might not be fully accurate. The actual value of your stamp may be slightly above or below the listed value, depending on the overall condition of your stamp.

Hidden Date

The hidden date for this stamp can be found along the left edge of the stamp.

Layouts

Booklet of 10 stamps

Quantity Produced - 200,000
Original Price: $17.50
Perforation: Simulated perforation
Dimension: 25 mm x 35 mm (vertical)
Printing Process: Lithography in 7 colours
Gum Type: Pressure sensitive
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

Pane of 16

Quantity Produced - 95,000
Original Price: $18.72
Perforation: 13+
Dimension: 25 mm x 36 mm (vertical)
Printing Process: Lithography in 8 colours
Gum Type: P.V.A.
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

Souvenir sheet of 2 stamps

Quantity Produced - 800,000
Original Price: $2.34
Perforation: 13+
Dimension: 120 mm x 84 mm (horizontal)
Printing Process: Lithography in 7 colours
Gum Type: P.V.A.
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

Souvenir sheet of 2 stamps overprint

Quantity Produced - 100,000
Original Price: $2.34
Perforation: 13+
Dimension: 120 mm x 84 mm (horizontal)
Printing Process: Lithography in 7 colours
Gum Type: P.V.A.
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

Gutter product

Quantity Produced - 4,000
Original Price: $10.54
Perforation: Simulated perforation
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

Official First Day Cover (OFDC)

Quantity Produced - 20,000
Cancellation Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Original Price: $3.34
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

Official First Day Cover (OFDC) Souvenir Sheet

Quantity Produced - 20,000
Cancellation Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Original Price: $3.34
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

About Stamp

Wedding bells will soon ring out for His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton as they exchange their vows at Westminster Abbey in regal pomp and enchanting splendour. Along with the rest of the world, Canada offers its best wishes to the newlyweds on an auspicious beginning to a long, peaceful and happy life together.

To mark this momentous occasion, Canada Post will issue two commemorative stamps on the Royal Couple’s wedding day. One stamp will be released at the domestic rate (PERMANENT), and another at the international rate. A majestic array of stamp collectibles and gift products will be available also, giving Canadians a way to commemorate the day with special keepsakes. As is fitting, the representative of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in Canada, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General, will have the honour of unveiling the stamps at his residence in Ottawa just days before their release.

The PERMANENT stamp bears a picture taken when the couple announced their engagement in November 2010. The international stamp features the official engagement picture taken by Mario Testino, one of the world’s most well known fashion photographers. In the latter picture, against Miss Middleton’s white dress, the beautiful sapphire and diamond engagement ring first worn thirty years ago by Lady Diana Spencer, who became Princess of Wales, Prince William’s mother, is highly visible.

Isabelle Toussaint, the Montreal-based graphic artist who designed the stamp products and other collectibles, used photographs of the famous Benedictine abbey’s ecclesiastical architecture for the background in several of the stamp products. The abbey has been the coronation church since the year 1066 and the setting of several royal marriages over the last century, including that of Prince Williams’ grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, in 1947 to then Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, now His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Canada Post announced the addition of these latest royal stamps to its 2011 stamp line-up in February, and expedited the typical stamp approval, selection and production processes to ensure Canadians would have a memento of the occasion on the day of the wedding.

Royal Tour
Soon after the wedding, Canada will be honoured to welcome the royal newlyweds on their first overseas tour, arriving June 30. The Royal Couple will visit Alberta, the Northwest Territories, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and the National Capital Region.

Canada Post’s royal stamps
Many Canadians take pride in royal tradition and have a deep-seated attachment to their British royal heritage, both culturally and historically. This issue continues Canada Post’s long history of commemorating British royal events and milestones with stamps, including weddings, tours, coronations and birthdays.

  • The 1947 marriage of Princess Elizabeth to Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten was marked with a stamp issued in February 1948.
  • The Queen first graced a Canadian stamp in 1935 as a very young princess.
  • Since 1935, the image of Elizabeth II has appeared on 65 Canadian stamps, most of them definitives.
  • In the last decade, Canada Post has produced six definitive stamps featuring The Queen—in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010.
  • Queen Elizabeth II first appeared as our Queen on stamps issued on the eve of, and shortly after, her June 2, 1953 coronation.
  • In 1964, Her Majesty appeared on a stamp issued to honour her visit to Charlottetown, P.E.I. and to Québec City on the 100th anniversary of the famous conferences that led to the passing of the British North America Act of 1867, Canada’s constitution.
  • In 2000, Canada celebrated the 100th birthday of the Queen Mother. On January 2, 2002, Canada Post issued a stamp to commemorate The Queen’s Golden Jubilee (the 50th anniversary of her coronation).
  • Canada celebrated Her Majesty’s 80th birthday in 2006.
  • Canada Post will issue a stamp in 2012 to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee (the 60th anniversary of her coronation).

Creators

Design: Isabelle Toussaint Design graphique. Photos: Ben Stansall / AFP / Getty Images Mario Testino © 2010.
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