2012 marks a significant year for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, as she celebrates 60 years as a dedicated monarch. The 60th anniversary of a monarch’s accession is known as a ‘Diamond Jubilee’, and it is certainly an occasion worth celebrating.
Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee is only the second in the past 1,000 years of New Zealand and British history. The first was Queen Victoria’s in 1897. Queen Elizabeth II’s coincided with Waitangi Day on 6 February 2012.
Queen Elizabeth II has close links to New Zealand, and is the first monarch to adopt the title Queen of New Zealand. She has visited New Zealand on ten separate occasions, both officially and informally, and in the past six decades she has been actively involved in all aspects of New Zealand life.
70c – 2012 Official New Zealand Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II
Official portraits of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh wearing their New Zealand honours have been released to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Taken in the Blue Room of Buckingham Palace, this portrait depicts The Queen wearing the Sovereign’s insignia of the Order of New Zealand, the New Zealand Order of Merit, Star, Sash and Badge
and The Queen’s Service Order. The Queen wears the Diamond Fern brooch presented by the women of Auckland in 1953 on her right shoulder, and is also wearing the historic Hanoverian Fringe Tiara and matching necklace.
70c – 2012 Official New Zealand Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh
In this official portrait, the Duke of Edinburgh is wearing the uniform of an Admiral of the Fleet in the Royal New Zealand Navy (appointed 1958). This uniform is identical to that worn as an Admiral of the Fleet in the Royal Navy, to which rank he was appointed in 1953. The Duke’s medal bar gives pride of place to the Badge of a Companion of The Queen’s Service Order, to which he was appointed in 1981.
$1.40 – 1986 Hastings, New Zealand
The $1.40 stamp pictures Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh at the national Mäori reception given in their honour at Hastings, on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island. Both The Queen and the Duke are wearing ceremonial korowai (cloaks), made from prized kiwi feathers, as they arrive at the reception at Nelson Park.
$1.90 – 1981 Wellington, New Zealand
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh made a brief tour of New Zealand in 1981, following a Commonwealth Heads of Government conference in Melbourne, Australia. In the $1.90 stamp they are pictured waving to well-wishers from their open car in Wellington.
$2.40 -1977 Wellington, New Zealand
In 1977, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh embarked on a Commonwealth tour to celebrate Her Majesty’s Silver Jubilee. The royal couple were in New Zealand from 22 February to 7 March, and are pictured on the $2.40 stamp in Wellington, New Zealand’s capital.
$2.90 -1953 Auckland, New Zealand
Queen Elizabeth II made her first tour of New Zealand in 1953, and the country was overcome with excitement as she visited 46 towns and cities. The $2.90 stamp shows Her Majesty delivering her
Christmas message from Government House in Auckland. Significantly, this was her first and only Christmas message broadcast from outside Britain.
Title: 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee
Date of Issue: 9 May 2012
Country: New Zealand
Denominations: 70c (x2), $1.40, $1.90, $2.40 and $2.90