Together with a number of countries and territories, Pitcairn is pleased to participate in this omnibus issue celebrating the Golden Jubilee of The Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Customers should note that the mini-sheet is not available as a First Day Cover.  The First Day Cover will only feature the four stamps of this issue.

Although we know that the photographs featured on the 40c and $1.50 stamps were taken around the time of the Coronation, at the time of printing this bulletin, we had been unable to obtain a description or explanation of the occasions at which these were taken.

The 80c stamp shows the Golden State Coach carrying The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, passing through cheering crowds, which in spite of the rain, had packed Trafalgar Square to greet Her Majesty on her way from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace after the Coronation ceremony.  The $3.00 stamp shows Queen Elizabeth II walking down the nave in Westminster Abbey after having been crowned.

The background image on the sheetlet shows the Queen’s carriage passing through Marble Arch during the Coronation procession.

2 June, 50 years ago was a wet, cold London day but the weather did not deter tens of thousands of well-wishers turning out to line the route to Westminster Abbey from Buckingham Palace.  The Abbey had been closed to the public since January 1953 while 200 workers built the staircases, annexe and ‘theatre’ tiered seating for the guests, expected to number at least 8,250.  By 20 May, the Abbey was ready and daily rehearsals began, often attended by The Queen and other members of the Royal Family.  Full music rehearsals comprising a 60 strong orchestra and 400 choristers were started.  Because of the size of the orchestra not everyone could see the Director of Music and his baton movements and instructions had to be relayed by two assistants.  The final rehearsal was held on 29 May.

At 10.15 a.m. The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh left Buckingham Palace in the Gold State Coach originally built for King George III in 1762 and weighing over 4 tonne.  At 11.20, as the choir sang the anthem “I was glad when they said unto me, we will go into the house of the Lord”, The Queen entered the nave.

The Queen was presented to the congregation by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Geoffrey Fisher and after being seated in the Chair of Estate, The Queen took the Oath promising to respect and govern according to the laws of her people and to uphold the Church of England.

Following the Coronation The Queen returned to Buckingham Palace and to the cheers of the huge crowd outside emerged onto the Balcony.  Moments later and almost drowning out the noise of the cheering crowd, the Royal Air Force flew past paying their own tribute to the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II.

Technical Details

Release Date :          02 June 2003
Denominations :        40c, 80c, $1.50, $3.00
Stamp Design :         Andrew Robinson, United Kingsom
Printer :                    De La Rue Global Services
Process   :                Lithography
Paper :                     CA Spiral Watermark
Stamp Size :             30.56 x 38.00mm
Sheetlet Size :           95 x 115mm
Perforation Gauge :   14 per 2 cm
Pane :                       50 (2 x 25) per sheet
First Day Cover  :     $6.70 (only available with 4 stamps)