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


Queen Elizabeth II 1977 Silver Jubilee postage stamps

    The Kingdom of Swaziland, situated in southern Africa between South Africa and Mozambique, achieved its independence in 1968. That milestone in the history of the mineral-rich country followed a century-and-a-half during which Great Britain played a major role in the control and administration of the country. The accepted sign of wealth in Swaziland is a large herd of cattle. Marriage ceremonies are "legalized" when the groom's family presents cattle to the family of the bride. Swaziland is divided geographically into four approximately-equal regions running north to south; the high veld in the west contains the country's highest mountains which reach 6,000 feet, while lower regions to the east are more densely populated. Two languages enjoy official status, English and suSwati, a Nguni language that is related to Zulu.

    Swaziland's First Day Covers honouring the Queen's Silver Jubilee were postmarked in Mbabane, capital and major city, on February 7, 1977.

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