A se-tenant pair of labels from Gugh Island, with roulette perforations, issued to commemorate the Royal Wedding of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips in 1973, and depicting Westminster Abbey where the marriage took place.
Please note that this is the pair of labels, as illustrated, that has all the text in blue and the intertwined A and M device in pink. The full set also includes two more stamps – not included here – where the pink and blue are reversed.
U/M / Unmounted Mint / MNH / Mint Never Hinged.
Pronounced “keow”, Gugh is one of the Isles of Scilly, connected to St Agnes by a sandy bar or tombolo. The island is just 1 km wide and 0.5 km long, and currently has a population of three people.
Not a great deal is known about the origins of Gugh Island’s stamps, but our research suggests that they first appeared around 1972, and are thought to have been sold as souvenirs, rather than used as genuine local carriage labels.