Here are 2 covers from a set of 3 issued by Royal Mail to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s official residence: Buckingham Palace.
The first major building at this location in London was a private home built in 1633. The site changed hands several times and slowly moved up the social ladder, being passed from the Duke of Buckingham to King George III. Queen Victoria was the first monarch to use it as her official home, and Queen Elizabeth II continues the tradition today.
The 1st cover features 6 stamps carrying detailed artwork of the palace buildings through the centuries.
From left to right, top to bottom
- Buckingham Palace, 2014
- Buckingham Palace, c. 1862
- Buckingham Palace, 1846
- Buckingham House, 1819
- Buckingham House, 1714
- Buckingham House, c. 1700
The 2nd cover in the set features a miniature sheet of 4 stamps carrying interior views of the palace today. Unfortunately, I don’t have this cover.
Definitive Miniature Sheet
The 3rd cover in the set features a miniature sheet of 8 definitive stamps, with values 2 x 100p, 4 x 20p, and 2 x 10p.
This miniature sheet comes from the Prestige Stamp Booklet, one of the many souvenir items that Royal Mail have put on sale to promote this issue.
Behind The Scenes
The insert is the same for all 3 covers, and provides 4 more views of the palace along with a brief history of the various buildings on the site. The insert is titled: From private retreat to the headquarters of the British monarchy. Click the image below for easier reading.
The technical details on the insert (lower right) describe the first 2 covers, but not the third one.