Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta and Diana, Princess of Wales, two of the most iconic figures of the late 20th century, are depicted together on a special postage stamp issued to commemorate the 10th anniversary of their deaths in 1997. The death of Mother Teresa in Calcutta on September 5, at the age of 87, was overshadowed by that of Princess Diana who was tragically killed in a car accident in Paris a week earlier on August 31, aged 36.
The 50p stamp was released on August 31 this year by Ascension Island, a United Kingdom Overseas Territory in the mid South Atlantic (a vital air base during the Falklands conflict). Produced in sheetlets of eight, the stamp depicts a photograph of Mother Teresa and Princess Diana taken when they first met in February 1992, at Mother Teresa's convent in Rome. Their final meeting took place in June 1997, when they met privately as Princess Diana left the Missionaries of Charity house in the Bronx.
The sheetlet, which also includes a picture of Princess Diana in the border, was co-ordinated by Pobjoy Mint Ltd, a coin specialist that now produces and distributes postage stamps on behalf of three postal administrations - Ascension Island, the Falkland Islands, and South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands. Appropriately, the stamps were printed by BDT International Security Printing Ltd, based in Dublin, where in 1928, the young nun entered the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, known as the Sisters of Loreto, and was given the name of Sister Mary Teresa.