The abdication of King Edward VIII came into effect on December 11, 1936; forcing a reluctant and unprepared Prince to take the mantle of King. On May 12, 1936 Albert Frederick Arthur George Windsor became King George VI. Australia did not print omnibus stamps in 1937 to commemorate the coronation of the new King as did other Commonwealth countries, instead opting to design a unique set of commemorative stamps unlike any other Commonwealth country in 1938.
The effigy of the new Queen first appeared on stamps on May 10, 1937, two days prior to the coronation when the 1d issue of Queen Elizabeth was printed; the first stamps featuring the King did not appear until August 2, 1937.
First definitive issues bearing the images of the King and Queen
These stamps were issued months after the King’s Death
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