Monday, July 26, 2010

#368 United Kingdom...Thanks Salman!

The 88p stamp is from 2010 the fourth Kings & Queens series: The House of the Stuart showing Anne, reigning from 1542-1567.

Anne became Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland on 8 March 1702. Her Catholic father, James II and VII, was deemed by the English Parliament to have abdicated when he was forced to retreat to France during the Glorious Revolution of 1688/9; her brother-in-law and her sister then became joint monarchs as William III Mary II.

On 1 May 1707, under the Acts of Union 1707, England and Scotland were united as a single sovereign state, the Kingdom of Great Britain. Anne became its first sovereign, while continuing to hold the separate crown of Queen of Ireland and the title of Queen of France. Anne reigned for twelve years until her death in August 1714. Anne was therefore the last Queen of England and the last Queen of Scots.

Because she died without surviving issue, Anne was the last monarch of the House of Stuart. She was succeeded by her second cousin, George I, of the House of Hanover, who was a descendant of The Stuarts through his maternal grandmother, Elizabeth, daughter of James I.

The 60p stamp,from 2010 Britain Alone issue,which pays tribute to those who stayed at home and kept the country running during World War II,illustrates children relocated to the countryside to be away from the bombs.

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