250th Anniversary of Captain Cook’s Endeavour Voyage

Royal Mail is issuing a set of stamps to mark the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook setting sail in one of the greatest voyages of discovery of all time aboard HM Bark Endeavour – with nearly 100 men including astronomers, artists and scientists.The ten stamp set, four of which are presented in a miniature sheet, will include a selection of the original drawings and paintings of the indigenous peoples, landscapes of the Pacific and flora and fauna, some of which had never been seen before by Europeans, and which amazed the scientific establishment at the time.

Also featured are Cook himself, natural history artist, Sydney Parkinson and naturalist, Joseph Banks as well as an illustration of a Tahitian Mourner by Tupaia, a Polynesian priest who joined the voyage as a navigator and translator.During the expedition, Cook and his men initiated the first European contact with Eastern Australia, mapped New Zealand and observed the transit of Venus across the Sun.The Endeavour returned to the UK on 13 July 1771 after circumnavigating the globe, mapping over 5000 miles of coastline, and on board were 3000 specimens for scientific examination and hundreds of drawings which fascinated the public and amazed the scientific establishment.Cook’s pursuit of new knowledge and information helped to correct the positions of many Pacific islands which had been incorrectly placed by earlier travellers. Ultimately, Cook’s voyage produced Pacific maps based on accurate information rather than conjecture.  Philip Parker, Royal Mail, said: “Our striking new stamps mark the 250th anniversary of one the most important voyages of discovery of all time. On board the Endeavour were scientists and artists who recorded their findings and the ship brought back thousands of specimens and illustrations which amazed society”.

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On the morning of 27 November 2017, the Prince of Wales issued a statement: “His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales and Ms Meghan Markle are engaged to be married.” What had started as a very modern romance, on a blind date in London the previous year, would lead to a traditional wedding on 19 May 2018 at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, the medieval masterpiece at the heart of Windsor Castle.

Issue Date: 19.05.2018, Designer: The Chase photographs, by Alexi Lubomirski © Kensington Palace Printer: International Security Printers Process :Lithography, PVA Gum, Stamp Size: 35mm (w) x 37mm (h), Sheet Size: 115mm x 89mm

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