January 19, 2013

0211, 0477 UNITED KINGDOM (England) - London

0211 Views of London (1)

Posted on 18.05.2012, 19.01.2013
I don't know what I could say about London without make me feel embarrassing, so I will mention only that from about 1831 to 1925, The City was the world's largest city, thing absolutely natural, considering that was the capital of the largest empire that ever existed, covering 22.63% of world land area. The postcards contains the following:
Buckingham Palace - Located in the City of Westminster, it became the principal royal residence in 1837, after the accession of Queen Victoria.

0477 Views of London (2)

London Buses - The red double-decker buses have become a national symbol of England. The majority of the 7,500 buses in London are double-deckers.
Covent Garden - A popular shopping and tourist site, former fruit and vegetable market, located on the eastern fringes of the West End, between St. Martin's Lane and Drury Lane.
Sherlock Holmes Pub - A split level establishment, close by Trafalgar Square, with a bar on the ground floor and on the first floor, an intimate, covered roof garden and restaurant, with a lot of Sherlock Holmes memorabilia.

Piccadilly Circus - A road junction and public space of London's West End in the City of Westminster, built in 1819 to connect Regent Street with the major shopping street of Piccadilly.
Tower Bridge - A combined bascule and suspension bridge, over the River Thames, an iconic symbol of London (built between 1886–1894).
Houses of Parliament - Or Westminster Palace, located on the north bank of the River Thames, in the heart of the City of Westminster, is the meeting place of the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom - the House of Lords and the House of Commons. The present building was built in 1835, after the Old Palace burned the year before. It's UNESCO WHS from 2008, under the name Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey and St Margaret's Church.
The London Eye - A giant Ferris wheel (135m tall), situated on the banks of the River Thames, erected in 1999.
Queen Elizabeth II in the carriage, with Queen's Life Guard (infantry contingents) in the background.
Queen's Life Guard (cavalry contingents)
St Paul’s Cathedral - a Church of England cathedral and seat of the Bishop of London, located at the top of Ludgate Hill, the highest point in London. The present church dating from the late 17th century and was built to an English Baroque design of Sir Christopher Wren.
Telephone Boxes - a telephone kiosk for a public telephone designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, a familiar sight on the streets of the United Kingdom.
Trafalgar Square -  a public space and tourist attraction in central London, built around the area formerly known as Charing Cross. At its centre is Nelson's Column, constructed between 1840 and 1843 to a design by William Railton.
Big Ben - the clock tower located at the north end of the Palace of Westminster, officially named the Elizabeth Tower.

About the stamps
On the postcard 0211
The stamp is a special one for several reasons. Is the first series published by a competitor to Royal Mail, namely UniversalMail UK Ltd, established in 2006. This series of stamps (self adhesive) was produced in October 2008 by Joh. Enschede Security Print (The Netherlands) in only 100,000 copies, for International Mail only (you can find details here). Series contains the following 24 stamps:
• Union Flag
• Big Ben by day
• The London Eye
• St Paul’s Cathedral - It's on the postcard 0211
• The Tower of London
• Wesminster Cathedral (Day)
• Big Ben at night
• St Paul’s Cathedral at night
• Trafalgar Square at night
• Tower Bridge at night
• Westminster Abbey at night
• Double-decker Bus
• Black Cab
• Telephone Box
• Metroplitan Police
• Queen's Guard
• Buckingham Palace
• Kensington Palace
• Windsor Castle
• Hampton Court Palace
• Picadilly Circus 1
• Trafalgar Square (Day)
• Picadilly Circus (night)
• Picadilly Circus 2

On the postcard 0477
The first stamp (76p) is part of the Machin definitive & Country stamps issued on March 29, 2011, and the following ones (10p and 1p) belong to the same series, but to the low values set, issued on March 8, 2011.

London - Wikipedia

Sender 0211, 0477: Marius Vasilescu
0211: Sent from London (England / United Kingdom), on 17.10.2011
0477: Sent from London (England / United Kingdom), on 15.05.2012

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