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Queen Mother RAF cover signed MP BETTY BOOTHROYD Speaker Commons CC73
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Queen Mother's Century cover signed by the Rt Hon Betty Boothroyd MP, Madam Speaker

JS(CC)73 RAF cover produced in 2000 to mark Her Majesty The Queen Mother's 100th birthday, with collague photographic artwork showing the Queen Mother with various members of the Royal Family, also shown are Hurricanes during the Battle of Britain 1940, the Queen Mum with Winston Churchill , the Red Arrows 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 10c Bahamas stamp cancelled with Crown Agents Stamp Burean Cachet.

The cover is handsigned by the Rt Hon Betty Boothroyd MP, who at the time was speaker of the House of Commons.

Official cover numbered and certified on reverse.

Baroness Boothroyd OM PC
Betty Boothroyd, Baroness Boothroyd, OM, PC (born October 8, 1929 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire), is a British politician and was the first female Speaker of the House of Commons.

Boothroyd was born in Dewsbury, Yorkshire, in 1929, to Archibald and Mary Boothroyd, textile workers. She was educated at council schools and went on to study at Dewsbury College of Commerce and Art. In the 1940s, she enjoyed a career as a dancer, as a member of the Tiller Girls dancing troupe in her younger years.

Boothroyd contested parliamentary seats at Leicester South East (1957 by-election) and Peterborough (1959) before travelling to the United States in 1960 to witness the Kennedy campaign. She subsequently began work in Washington as a legislative assistant for an American Congressman, Silvio Conte, between 1960 and 1962. When she returned to London she continued her work as secretary and political assistant to various senior Labour politicians. In 1965 she was elected to a seat on Hammersmith Borough Council, in Gibbs Green ward, where she remained until 1968.

She entered Parliament as the Labour Member of Parliament (MP) for West Bromwich in a by-election in 1973. Boothroyd's career then flourished. In 1974 she was appointed an assistant Government Whip and she was a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from 1975-1977. In 1979 she became a member of the Select Committee on Foreign Affairs, until 1981, and of the Speaker's Panel of Chairmen, until 1987. She was also a member of the Labour Party National Executive Committee (NEC) from 1981-1987 and the House of Commons Commission from 1983-1987.

She became a Deputy Speaker in 1987. In 1992 she was elected Speaker, being the first woman ever to hold the position. She was not the first woman to sit in the Speaker's Chair, however; that honour fell to Betty Harvie Anderson, a Deputy Speaker from 1970 to 1973. There was some debate as to whether or not Boothroyd should wear the traditional Speaker's wig upon her election. In the end she did not, and the tradition was abolished as a result. In 1993, the Social Chapter of the Maastricht Treaty was defeated on her casting vote.

Boothroyd stepped down in 2000, and resigned as an MP, being succeeded by Michael Martin as Speaker.

Boothroyd was Chancellor of the Open University from 1994 until October 2006 and has donated some of her personal papers to the University's archives. She is an Honorary Fellow of St Hugh's College, Oxford

In 2001 she was created a Life Peer, taking as her title Baroness Boothroyd of Sandwell in the West Midlands, and her autobiography was published in the same year. In April 2005 she was appointed to the Order of Merit, an honour which is still in the personal bestowal of the Queen.


Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth (Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Windsor, née Bowes-Lyon) (4 August 1900 – 30 March 2002) was the Queen consort of George VI of the United Kingdom from 1936 to 1952. She was the mother of Queen Elizabeth II, the current British monarch. After her husband's death she was known as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother or, more popularly, the Queen Mum.

The Queen Mother held the distinction of being the last surviving Queen of Ireland and Empress of India, the former fact marked by the presence of the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, at her funeral. Before her husband's accession to the throne, she was known as Her Royal Highness The Duchess of York, and before her marriage she was styled The Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon as the daughter of the 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne.

Queen Elizabeth was famous for her role in providing moral support to the British public during World War II. In her later years, she was a consistently popular member of the British Royal Family

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