Britain through the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II: Part 3

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The Land of Hope and Glory Collection tells the story of Britain through the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

This week, we will revisit some of the defining moments of the 1970s and 1980s in Great Britain where we saw major developments in science and technology as well as an explosion of disco and rock music in the charts…

Britain goes Decimal…

On the morning of the 15th February 1971, Britons woke up with a brand new currency following increasing global pressure to go Decimal. In one of the biggest changes to our currency in 1000 years, we left behind the old Pounds (£), Shillings (/-) and Pence (d) system and introduced the decimalised coins that we know today.

Under the new system, the Pound was retained, but was divided into 100 new pence rather than 20 shillings (or 240 pence). And to help the public get used to this major change, new Decimal coins, training stamps and conversions charts were all made available to the public ahead of Decimal Day.

Do you still have any of the old pre-Decimal coins? Let us know in the comments

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Britain went Decimal on 15th February 1971, the day would be widely known as “Decimal Day” or “D-Day”.

First Test Tube Baby

On 25th July 1978, a five-pound baby girl named Louise Joy Brown was born in Lancashire. As the first baby to be conceived through in vitro fertilisation (IVF), Louise’s birth made headlines and she became known around the world as the first “test tube baby”. A few years later, Louise’s younger sister Natalie was born, also via IVF. And in 1999, Natalie became the first mother born through IVF to give birth – without IVF.

Patrick Steptoe, Robert Edwards and Jean Purdy, the pioneering medical professionals who were involved in Louise’s birth were awarded a Nobel Prize in Medicine for their life-changing work. As of 2022, it has been estimated that over eight million babies worldwide have been conceived via IVF

The Home Computing Boom

1980s Britain saw a boom in home computing and a drastic change in public opinion towards the technology. Once seen as complex machinery used only by scientists and large organisations, computers were rare and most people would have never seen a computer in real life…

Fantastic machines like the Acorn Electron, Commodore 64 and Sinclair ZX Spectrum were developed to make computing user-friendly for the first time and to bring the wonders of information technology into homes, schools and workplaces.

Technology would continue to advance throughout the decade, as the home computing boom caused an unexpected growth in video gaming and by 1989 a British scientist, Tim Berners Lee, conceived and developed the World Wide Web.

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The most common use for Home Computers in the 1980s were playing video games. Simple arcade favourites like Pacman and Space Invaders were cloned for the machines.

The Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer

Described at the time as a “fairytale wedding”, Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer were married at St Paul’s Cathedral on 29th July 1981. The event was watched by a record-setting global television audience of 750 million, all eager to see Diana’s wedding dress which was one of the best kept secrets of the fashion industry at the time.

Were you one of the 750 million to watch?

The wedding broke royal protocols and created traditions that we still see during Royal Weddings today. Diana was the first Royal bride to omit the words “obey” from her vows and after forgetting to kiss after their vows, the couple shared a romantic kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. Today, the ‘balcony kiss’ is one of the most iconic moments to take place during a Royal wedding.

The Raising of the Mary Rose

The Mary Rose was lost for over 400 years. She was one of Henry VIII’s warships and a huge team of divers, archaeologists and scientists were involved in her recovery and raising.

The search for the Mary Rose began in 1965, when Alexander McKee began investigating wrecks in the Solent and discovered a strange shape underneath the seabed via sonar scans. Teams of amateur and professional divers explored the area and on 5th May 1971, Percy Ackland found three of the port frames of the Mary Rose.

Nearly 11 years of excavation and careful planning followed and finally, on 11th October 1982, the world watched the raising of the historic Mary Rose…

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Remembered as one of Henry VIII’s favourite warships, the Mary Rose was used in the First, Second and Third French Wars and capsized during the Battle of the Solent.

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Could this be the next Platinum Jubilee SELL OUT?

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is seeing demand for Commemorative coins hit an all-time high.

It’s been really quite staggering.

Just take all 5,000 UK Silver Proof £5 coins which completely SOLD OUT at the Mint in just 24 hours!

And in our latest video, I take a closer look at the brand new Platinum Jubilee Silver £5 Set, which is more than twice as limited as the UK coin that sold out in one day!

Could it be the next sell out? Watch our latest video below to find out more.


If you’re interested…

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‘The Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World’ – BRAND NEW Royal Mail Rolling Stones Stamps Revealed

The Rolling Stones are revered as one of the greatest live acts of all time, they have sold over 250 million records and, in the UK, have had eight No.1 singles and twelve No.1 albums.

And, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of this legendary rock and roll band this year, Royal Mail have just released BRAND-NEW Rolling Stones stamps in their Music Giants Series!

The stamps will be officially released today, 20th January 2022, and feature photos of some of the bands most memorable performances over the years. In the last 60 years, their singles and albums have produced a string of evergreen rock classics, powered by some of the greatest guitar riffs ever written.

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Given the success of previous ‘Music Giants’ stamps, these are bound to be incredibly popular. Here’s your guide to the most collectable versions of the new Rolling Stones stamps available to pre-order now…


The Framed Edition

This framed edition of the new Rolling Stones stamps features panes 1 and 2 from the Prestige Stamp Book and is one of just 1,962 that will ever be issued – signifying the band’s first gig 60 years ago in 1962.

Postmarked on the stamps official issue date, 20th January 2022, each presentation comes ready to exhibit in stylish A4 frame – perfect for displaying in the home.  

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Click here to order yours today for just £34.99 today >>


The Ultimate Edition

What makes the ULTIMATE Edition ‘ultimate’ is the fact is comprises the official Royal Mail First Day Cover, with adjoining release notes AND the Royal Mail Rolling Stones Miniature Sheet Pack! This means, you will own not only all eight new stamps, but four additional stamps featuring tour posters!

Given the multiple elements of this professionally mounted frame, this must-have piece of memorabilia is limited to just 750 – making it over twice as limited as the framed edition!

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Click here to order yours today for just £60 >>


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If you’re interested, view the full range here >>