Malta – In Memory of HM Queen Elizabeth II – 1926 – 2022

Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born in London on April 21 1926, the elder daughter of Prince Albert, Duke of York, and his wife, Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon.

As the child of a younger son of King George V, she had little prospect of acceding to the throne. However , once her uncle Edward VIII abdicated on December 11, 1936, her father became King George VI and , she , in turn , the heir presumptive.

In a radio address to the Commonwealth in 1947, on her 21st birthday, she said: “I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.”

On 20 November 1947, she married Prince Philip at Westminster Abbey, in a relatively simple ceremony as the country was still recovering from the ravages of World War II.

Princess Elizabeth gave birth to Prince Charles in 1948 and to Princess Anne two years later. Prince Andrew and Prince Edward were born in 1960 and 1964 respectively. As Prince Philip’s naval wife, off and on between 1949 and 1951, Princess Elizabeth lived in Malta, mainly at Villa Guardamangia, Pietà.

In the summer of 1951, the health of King George VI entered into serious decline. In January 1952 the Princess and Prince set out on a tour of Australia and New Zealand, but en route, at Sagana, Kenya, news reached them of the King’s death on February 6, 1952. Elizabeth age 25, now Queen, at once flew back to England. Her coronation was held at Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953.

At the time of her death, Queen Elizabeth held a number of other titles, which have now automatically passed to her son and heir, King Charles III.

She was head of the Commonwealth, commander-in-chief of the British Armed Forces, and supreme governor of the Church of England. She was also patron of more than 600 charities and organisations.

In 2015, she also became the longest-serving British monarch in history, passing the record set by her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria. As head of state and head of nation, Queen Elizabeth II was widely regarded as a symbol of stability, working tirelessly to ensure the monarchy remained relevant during a period of immense social, technological, and economic change.

The Queen’s reign saw 15 different UK prime ministers, from Winston Churchill to Liz Truss. Away from her official duties, she was a devoted wife and mother, and dedicated grandmother to eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was a monarch without equal.

Date Of Issue: 19 Sep 2022
Designer: MaltaPost p.l.c
Perforation: pva
Process: offset
Sheet: Miniature Sheet bearing 1 stamp
Denominations: 5.00
Watermark: Maltese Crosses
Size: Sheet Size 120mm x 80mm

Malta – SEPAC Stamp Issue – Local Beverages

SEPAC Stamp Issue – Local Beverages

As a member of SEPAC (Small European Postal Administration Cooperation) and in keeping with its annual tradition of a joint stamp issue, MaltaPost will issue a set of four stamps titled Local Beverages on the 13 of September. The designs of this Malta set are decidedly retro with four bottles taking centre stage against a flatly rendered, yet colourful, local backdrop.

The stamp set was designed by Daniel Spiteri. The stamps will be issued in a sheet of 10 stamps, with each stamp measuring 31mm x 44mm, with a comb perforation of 13.9 x 14.0 and bearing the Maltese Cross watermark. The sheets measure 185mm x 118mm and were produced by Printex Ltd in the offset process. The issue consists of 500,000 of the €0.37 stamp, 100,000 of the €0.57 stamp, 300,000 of the €1.40 stamp and 60,000 of the €2.00 stamp.

These stamps will be available from all Post Offices in Malta and Gozo from Tuesday 13th September 2022. 

Malta – 25th Anniversary Death of St. Theresa of Calcutta

MaltaPost plc marks the life of Mother Teresa by commemorating the 25th anniversary of her passing, with a specially designed stamp and a miniature sheet.

Born Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu in Skopje, in 1910, Mother Teresa as she came to be known, was an Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun who spent most of her life in India. At 18 she left home to join the Sisters of Loreto at Loreto Abbey in Rathfarnham, Ireland, to learn English. She was intent on becoming a missionary and English was the language of instruction of the Sisters of Loreto in India.

She arrived in India in 1929 and began her novitiate in Darjeeling, where she learned Bengali and taught at St. Teresa’s School, close to her convent. She took her first religious vows on 24 May 1931 and chose to be named after Thérèse de Lisieux, the patron saint of missionaries.

Teresa took her solemn vows in 1937 while she was a teacher at the school in Entally, taking the style of ‘Mother’ in line with the Loreto custom. She served there for nearly twenty years and was appointed headmistress. Although Mother Teresa enjoyed teaching, she was increasingly disturbed by the poverty in Calcutta.

In 1946, while travelling from Calcutta to the Loreto convent in Darjeeling for her annual retreat, she felt that she heard the call of her inner conscience, to serve the poor of India. She asked for and received permission to leave the school and began missionary work with the poor – replacing her traditional habit with the now recognisable simple, white, cotton sari with two blue borders.

Four years later, joined by a group of young women, she founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta – a religious community that would care for ” . . . all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout society, people that have become a burden and are shunned by everyone”.

Her community caught the attention of local officials who helped her open her first hospice by converting an abandoned Hindu temple. By 2012, her community had grown to over 4,500 nuns active in 123 countries. Today the congregation manages homes and outreach clinics for people who are dying of HIV/AIDS, leprosy, and tuberculosis. It runs soup kitchens, dispensaries, children, and family counselling programmes, as well as orphanages and schools.

In 1979 she was the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Mother Teresa died in September 1997 due to heart failure and in 2016 was canonized by Pope Francis in St Peter’s Square, Vatican City. She remains one of the most widely admired personalities of the 20th century.

This stamp and miniature sheet were designed by Shanice Farrugia.

  • Date Of Issue: 05 Sep 2022
  • Designer: Shanice Farrugia
  • Perforation: 14.2 x 14.1
  • Process: Offset
  • Sheet: Miniature sheet bearing one stamp
  • Denominations: €3.00
  • Watermark: Maltese crosses
  • Size: 120mm x 80mm