Microprint on Queen Mumm block
You have to know it, and if you know it, you still have to look carefully.
We’re talking here about the sheets issued by certain Commonwealth countries on the occasion of the death of the Queen Mum. In the left upper corner, the sheets also mention, underneath the royal weapon, the period in which the Queen Mum lived, namely from 1900 until 2002. Those two years are underlined by an elegant little line.
This is all about that little line: it was printed in microprint and it appears to be ot a little line at all, but a small text. Who looks at the stamp with a magnifying glass can, with some effort, read how the Archbishop of Canterbury described the deceased during the ceremonies on the occasion of her burial. The prelate described the Queen Mum as a woman with “Strength, Dignity and Laughter”. The Crown Agents, which had the stamps printed on behalf of the Commonwealth countries involved, asked and got the Archbishop’s permission to print his accurate characterisation on the stamps. And so it happened, be it in a very small way.