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Centenary of the Entente Cordiale - 6 April 2004 - joint issue with La Poste

At the turn of the 20th century the language of diplomacy was partly French; the term 'Entente Cordiale' had already been used to describe the relationship between Britain and the United States.

'Coccinelle' by Sonia Delaunay on 57p stamp celebrating the centenary of the Entente Cordiale 'Lace 1 (trial proof) 1968' by Sir Terry Frost on 28p stamp celebrating the centenary of the Entente Cordiale

History. Despite centuries of history alternating between war and peace Britain and France's imperial expansion continued during the 19th century with few clashes until July 1898 when the French sought to increase their influence in the Egyptian territory of Sudan as part of their expansion from West Africa. At the same time the British were expanding southwards from Egypt. Troops from both countries arrived at Fashoda and Kitchener and Marchand agreed that the Egyptian, British & Frech flags should all be flown from the fort.

The French Foreign Minister, Declasse, proposed co-existence between the French and British Empires and the ensuing Entente Cordiale gave France influence over Morocco and the west, and Britain over Egypt and the east. The Anglo-French accord was signed in London on 8 April 1904, and it virtually ended colonial rivalry.

The Stamps
This is a joint issue with the French Post Office, La Poste, with designs common to both countries, featuring contemporary British and French paintings.
The 28p and 0,75euro stamps feature 'Lace 1 (trial proof) 1968' by Sir Terry Frost, while the 57p and 0,50 euro stamps show 'Coccinelle' by Sonia Delaunay.

Sir Terry Frost (1915-2003) was one of Britain's most distinguished and passionate abstract artists. Born in Leamington Spa he was a prisoner of war in 1941 and later studied art in Birmingham. His career spanned six decades, much of it spent living and working in south west Cornwall. Sadly he died before knowing his work was to appear on a stamp.

Sonia Delaunay (1855-1979) was born in Ukraine as Sarah Stern (nicknamed Sonia). She studied art in Karlsruhe and Paris in 1905 and married French painter Robert Delaunay. She was the first living female artist to have a retrospective exhibition at the Louvre in 1964 and in 1975 was named an officer of the French Legion of Honor.


Technical details:
The stamps are printed by Walsall Security Print in gravure, perf 14x14, in sheets of 25 and 50.
The images are from Royal Mail's Stamp Preview, Postmark Bulletin, and Philatelic Bulletin, and are Copyright 2004 by Royal Mail.


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decorated text flags of the United Kingdom and France flags of the United Kingdom and France Big Ben and Eiffel Tower map of British Isles and France
Ref FD413
Official Philatelic Bureau postmark
Ref FD414
Official London SW1 FDI postmark
Ref L9013
Entente Cordiale Centenary, London SW1
Ref L9011
Direct Rail Link London to Paris 1994-2004
Ref M9017
Entente Cordiale BirminghamTwinned with Lyon
flags British Bulldog & French Poodle Bleriot monoplane Concorde supsersonic aircraft Concorde supsersonic aircraft
Ref L9043
Entente Cordiale 1904-2004, London SW1
Ref L9009
Entente Cordiale, London SW1 Phil Stamp Collection
Ref L9012
Bleriot Road, Hounslow, Middlesex
Ref M9018
Entente Cordiale, Concorde, Filton, Bristol
Ref W8951
Anniversary Year First Flight of Concorde 1969-2004 Filton Bristol
hand-shake and flags Big Ben and Eiffel Tower Flags of the United Kingdom and France Flags of the United Kingdom and France Flag of the United Kingdom
Ref L9038
Centenary Entente Cordiale, King Charles Street, London SW1
Ref L9039
Entente Cordiale Centenary Parliament Square London SW1
Ref L9040
Centenary Entente Cordiale, Knightsbridge, London SW1
Ref L9041
Centenary of the Entente Cordiale, Allied Way, London W3
Ref L9042
L'Entente Cordiale, London SW1
warship HMS Gloucester Windsor Castle Buckingham Palace Nelson's Column Tower of London
Ref M9047
HMS Gloucester's Entente Cordiale, City of Gloucester
Ref E4680
Windsor Castle permanent postmark
Ref L4666
Buckingham Palace, SW London permanent postmark
Ref L4667
Nelson's Column, London WC3 permanent postmark
Ref L4665
Tower of London EC3 permanent postmark

This page created 21 May 2004 (5.2.05)

2003
2004 stamp issues

13 January Classic Steam Locomotives 30 January Hong Kong Stamp Expo 2004 Smilers Sheet 3 February Occasions/Greetings stamps and Smilers sheet 26 February Lord of the Rings 16 March Letters by Night Prestige Book (TPOs)
A British Journey - Northern Ireland
1 April New definitives, including airmail postcard book of stamps 6 April Centenary of the Entente Cordiale 13 April Ocean Liners 11 May 40p Country definitives 25 May Royal Horticultural Society
15 June British Journey - Wales 29 July Rule Britannia Smilers Sheet 10 August Royal Society of Arts 16 September Woodland Animals 5 October Scottish Parliament Building
12 October Crimean War 2 November Father Christmas
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