British and Canadian Commemoration
The wedding of Princess Elizabeth to Philip Mountbatten on November 20, 1947, was commemorated by both British and Canadian Post Offices. Since the wedding announcement was made on July 9, 1947, the British Post Office did not issue a commemorative stamp because there was insufficient time to prepare an issue. Instead, a slogan postmark was made for use from November 20 to the end of November. The Canadian Post Office issued a commemorative stamp for the wedding, but only after the event, in February, 1948.
The British slogan postmark was designed by R.H. Higgins, draughtsman in the Power Branch office of the Engineering Department of the Post Office. The British Postal Museum and Archive website shows the drawings submitted by Mr. Higgins in August, 1947. The slogan cancellation featured wedding Bells with a lovers’ knot enclosing the letters ‘E’ and ‘P’:
|Lovers' Knot Slogan|
Artcraft cachet, London, November 20, 1947
Edinburgh, November 20, 1947
A diamond-shaped mark was applied by machine to mail posted in Britain during the annual mail census.
Capel, Dorking, Surrey to Hemel Hempstead, November 20, 1947
Census marking with Lovers' Knot slogan applied to the back of the envelope:
OHMS cover from Cardiff, November 20, 1947
A selection of "Lovers' Knot" covers
The Lovers' Knot cancellation was to be used from November 20 to the end of November. The Haverfordwest post office cancelled the cover below on December 1, 1947.
|Haverfordwest, December 1, 1947|
The stamp design was based on a photograph of Princess Elizabeth taken by Dorothy Wilding. The stamp was designed by Herman Schwartz, and the portrait was engraved by William Ford.
National Archives of Canada
Royal Wedding Stamp
Date of Issue : February 16, 1948
First Day Covers