Australia 1999 Queen Elizabeth ll's Birthday
- Issue Date: 15 April 1999
- Designed by: Andrew Christensen
- Printed by: SNP Ausprint
- Print Process: Lithography
- Perforations: 14 x 14½
- Stamp Size: 37.5 mm x 26 mm
- Formats: sheets of 50 (two panes of 25), sheetlets of 10
- Withdrawal date: 31 August 1999
Australia’s custom of celebrating the Sovereign’s birthday dates back to the early years of settlement when Governor Phillip proclaimed a holiday for the colony in honour of the birthday of King George III. Since 1980, Australia Post has issued a commemorative stamp to coincide with the Queen’s real birthday on 21 April. Official celebration of her birthday takes place in Australia in June (October in Western Australia).
45c Queen's Birthday Stamp
This year’s commemorative stamp issue features Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother with Queen Elizabeth II and is the first time mother and daughter have appeared on an Australian stamp together. The stamp features a contemporary photograph taken in 1992 outside Sandringham Church, England, and was designed by Andrew Christensen from the Australia Post Graphic Design Studio.
First Day Cover
The first day of issue postmark was Lyons ACT 2606.
- Issue date: 4 August 2000
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother celebrated her 100th birthday on 4 August 2000. Born the Honourable Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon, the Queen Mother is one of the most popular and admired members of the British royal family. She is the widow of King George VI and mother of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret.
To mark her 100th birthday Australia Post issued a special souvenir cover. The cover itself shows Her Majesty on her 96th birthday; at six years of age; and in 1937 as Queen, beside King George VI at the time of his coronation, and with her daughters. The postmark (Strathmore VIC 3041) was selected because the Queen Mother’s father was the 14th Earl of Strathmore. A thistle is used in the design because the Queen Mother also became the first Lady of the Thistle.