Cover produced in 2000 to commemorate the Queen Mother`s Century. The cover artwork is made up of photographs taken during the Queen Mother`s lifetime including Hurricanes during the Battle of Britain, The King and herself along side Winston Churchill during WWII, with her daughter HM The Queen, HRH Prince Philip, HRH Princess Anne and HRH Prince Charles on Buckingham Palace balcony, sitting next to two soldiers, with the Red Arrows at RAF Cranwell, with HM Queen and HRH Princess Margaret and inspecting troops.
The cover has been flown in a Twin Squirrel of No 32 (The Royal) Squadron from RAF Northolt to RAF Brize Norton and return. The cover bears Queen Mother`s Century 15c Bahamas stamp cancelled with Crown Agents Stamp Burean Cachet.
Signed by Baroness Boothroyd OM PC
200 Numbered and Certified on reverse
Cover size 210mm x 120mm
Betty Boothroyd served as Speaker of the House of Commons for eight years, and is also widely known as having been a member of the Tiller Girls dancing troupe in her younger years.
She entered Parliament as Labour MP for West Bromwich in 1974. She became a deputy Speaker in 1987. In 1992 she was elected Speaker, being the first woman and the first member of the opposition ever to hold the job. She stepped down in 2000, and resigned as an MP, being succeeded by Michael Martin as Speaker. After she stepped down she was made Baroness Boothroyd and sits in the House of Lords as a cross-bencher.
She is Chancellor of the Open University and has donated some of her personal papers to the University's archives. In April 2005 she was awarded the Order of Merit.