Of Bermuda's 300-some islands, only twenty are inhabited. The most northerly coral islands in the world, warmed by the Gulf Stream to the northwest, enjoy a climate that has made Bermuda an attraction to large numbers of tourists. Vacationers have become main contributors to the economy, along with industry, trade, and agriculture.
That Bermuda's two issues in honor of the Queen's Silver Jubilee should show the St. Edward's Crown and Her Majesty seated in her Chair of Estate is appropriate because of Bermuda's unswerving loyalty to the Crown for over 350 years. In 1649 Bermuda's parliament, the world's oldest overseas British parliament, repudiated Oliver Cromwell and proclaimed Charles II king.
This First Day Cover was issued at Hamilton, the capital of Bermuda. It is a city of historic charm and the capital of an internally self-governing Colony of the British Crown.