First Day Covers from the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Series, 1977
Queen Elizabeth II 1977 Silver Jubilee postage stamps
Consisting of some fifteen islands, the Cook Islands bear the name of the famed eighteenth-century navigator, Captain James Cook. A British protectorate after 1888, the islands were annexed to New Zealand in 1901. Since 1965 Cook Islanders have enjoyed internal self-government headed by a prime minister and his cabinet. Primarily Polynesian. residents of Cook Islands are closely related to the Maoris of New Zealand in language, tradition, and customs.
The Silver Anniversary of accession to the throne of England by Queen Elizabeth ll was commemorated with the release of First Day Covers at Rarotonga, principal island of Cook Islands, on February 7, 1977.