Royal Mail Stamp Covers
These outstanding Covers and Royal Mail Postage Stamp sheets celebrating British Royal History are produced by Buckingam Covers. They feature Royal Mail stamps postmarked on the issue or anniversary date. Some are available with genuine signatures signed by famous people. Only a limited number are available. They are ideal for collectors, as presents and for mounting in frames.
This cover was issued on 21 April 2009 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the most well known of all the Tudors Henry VIII who became King on 21 April 1509. It is a limited edition so order yours now. Covers are available signed by the actress Glenda Jackson who played Henry's daughter Elizabeth I in the BBC TV series.
Founded by Henry VII Tudor, arguably the most well-known of the royal dynasties The House of Tudor ruled England and its realms between 1485 and 1603. Five Tudor monarchs ruled for just over a century.
Henry VIII married 6 times in his quest for a legitimate son. Ironically, he needn’t have gone to such great lengths for it was his daughter by second wife, Anne Boleyn, who was to become one of the most successful monarchs in history – Elizabeth I (known as Good Queen Bess)
At the time of her accession, she rode from Hatfield House, where she was staying (our cover is postmarked in Hatfield, Herts), to London and was met with cheers from both nobility and common people alike. She was much loved and respected and throughout history she has been known as 'Good Queen Bess'. Elizabeth tried to avoid religious extremes and allow her subjects to live in peace and unity. She established a church which was sufficiently broad-based to appeal to most of her people.
It was generally accepted that one of her first duties should be to find a husband. Numerous suitors from nearly all European nations sent ambassadors to the English court to put forward their suit but, despite the many threats to the throne, Elizabeth remained unmarried and was forevermore referred to as the ‘Virgin Queen’.
By far the most dangerous - and infamous - threat that Elizabeth had to face was the Spanish Armada of 1588. Launched by Elizabeth's old suitor Philip II of Spain, the Armada contained 22 galleons and 108 armed merchant ships – a frightening prospect for any monarch. Elizabeth went to Tilbury, against her councillors' wishes, to exhort the troops to victory with her most famous speech:' Let tyrants fear. I have always so behaved myself that, under God, I have placed my chiefest strength and goodwill in the loyal hearts and goodwill of my subjects... I know I have but the body of a weak and feeble woman but I have the heart and stomach of a King'. Fortunately the ships of the English and the Dutch Republic outnumbered the Spanish, who lost as a result of bad weather on the English Channel, poor planning and supplies, and the skills of Sir Francis Drake and Charles Howard, the second Baron Howard of Effingham (later first Earl of Nottingham).
Elizabeth I continued to run the country to the benefit of her subjects until her death on March 24th 1603. As she never named a successor, aided by her chief minister Sir Robert Cecil (who had been in secret negotiations with the son of Mary, Queen of Scots), King James VI of Scotland, Elizabeth’s cousin, became the next successor to the English throne and so ended the Tudor dynasty.
Covers will be available signed by Queen of Stage and Screen Glenda Jackson CBE.
She was awarded 2 Emmy's for "Elizabeth", the BBC series where she was perhaps at her best. A truly great actress, real film star and politician (she has been an MP for Hampstead since 1992), we are very grateful to Glenda for allowing us to use her picture on our cover, and of course sign for us.