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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

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House of Tudor  

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New stamp issue to mark House of Tudor anniversary

These two of six portraits of the Tudor monarchs were released by the British Royal Mail in 2009 to mark the 500th anniversary of the accession of the dynasty's son, Hanry VIII. 

The first portrait is of Henry VII, the first Tudor monarch who ruled from 1509-1585, and Elizabeth I who ruled from 1558-1603, the last of this monarch. 

The other portraits are of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Lady Jane Grey - who ruled for 9 years and Mary I. 

Issued alongside the portraits are four additional stamps, illustrating significant people and events from the period
These stamps feature Henry VIII's great warship, the Mary Rose,launched in 1510 and sunk in 1545; the royal conference between England and France in 1520 known as the Field of Cloth of Gold; the foundation of the Royal Exchange in 1565; and the circumnavigation of the world completed by Sir Francis Drake in 1580.

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