20 April 2012
Royal Mail will mark the culmination of Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations with eight new stamps featuring significant events over the past sixty years. ...
Royal Mail will mark the culmination of Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations with eight new stamps featuring significant events over the past sixty years.
The Diamond Jubilee stamps will be issued on 31 May, issued in time for the extended Jubilee Bank Holidays on 4 and 5 June, using archive photography show The Queen performing her official duties both at home in the UK and on the world stage.
Issued in four se-tenant ‘pairs’, the stamps give an insight into the hugely diverse duties The Queen has performed; from delivering the first televised Christmas broadcast in 1957, to inspecting the 2nd Battalion Royal Welsh, as head of the UK’s Armed Forces, half a century later in 2007.
The stamps demonstrate The Queen’s unwavering devotion to duty that has not faltered since the accession to the throne on 6 February, 1952. Much of this is recounted in a 24-page prestige stamp book that is also being issued to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.
Written by Robert Hardman, journalist and royal correspondent for the Daily Mail, this richly illustrated book offers an overview of The Queen’s 60-year reign, and also features four stamp panes (see notes to editors for more details).
This is the third and final stamp issue in 2012 to mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The first was The House of Windsor issue (2 February), which featured a 1954 portrait of The Queen.
The second, the Diamond Jubilee Miniature Sheet, was issued on 6 February, the same day The Queen came to the throne in 1952.
Philip Parker, Royal Mail Stamps spokesperson, said: 'The Diamond Jubilee, only the second in royal history, is a deeply important anniversary and the most intensively researched stamp issue I can recall.
'We wished to convey the official roles of The Queen with distinctive and memorable images, many of which have not been widely seen before.'
Don't miss the Diamond Jubilee Special issue of Stamp & Coin Mart, on sale from 11 May.