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First Day Covers from the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Series, 1977

Republic of Maldives

Queen Elizabeth II 1977 Silver Jubilee postage stamps

    Maldives, one of the smallest independent countries in the world. consists of about 2,000 small coral islands, of which only about 215 are inhabited. The northern tip of Maldives is about 370 miles south of India. These tropical islands are grouped together in clusters called atolls, ringlike islands that enclose a lagoon. The Maldivian people live a simple life that has changed little over hundreds of years. Most of the men go to sea daily to catch bonito and tuna. When the boats return, the women smoke the fish over a fire. Dried fish is the Maldives' chief export. Most Maldivians are descendants of the Sinhalese people who came from Sri Lanka (Ceylon); nearly all belong to the Moslem sect. Great Britain governed the Maldives for 78 years until the islands declared independence in 1965.

    This First Day Cover honouring the Queen's Silver Jubilee was issued in Male, Maldives' capital and largest city on February 6, 1977.

Republic of Maldives First Day Cover from the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Series, 1977