The recently issued Canada post 2016 definitive stamp honours the world’s longest-reigning monarch Queen Elizabeth II.
The black-and-white photograph of Her Majesty featured on the stamp was taken at Buckingham Palace by noted British fashion photographer David Bailey to mark the Queen’s 88th birthday.
In the photo, a smiling Queen is shown wearing pearls, and a dress designed by Angela Kelly, her long-time personal assistant and senior dresser.
Bailey’s photo is intended to depict Her Majesty’s warmth, strength and inner spirit with its focus on her “very kind eyes with a mischievous glint.”
Canada post 2016 definitive stamp – Queen Elizabeth II
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has posed for some of the greatest photographers of the two centuries bridged by her life and reign.
While images captured by such legends as Marcus Adams, Dorothy Wilding, Cecil Beaton and Yousuf Karsh have appeared on previous Canadian stamps, this year’s royal issue was snapped by one of the world’s pre-eminent fashion photographers, David Bailey.
Still working in his mid-70s, Bailey has photographed royals and other celebrities for five decades. His trademark – stark-contrast shots, creative use of lighting – and unique ability to capture the personality of his subject at the click of a button have set the standard for fashion photography in such publications as Vogue and GQ.
The regal OFDC features historic photos of the Queen, taken by two of the most important royal photographers of the 20th century—Yousuf Karsh and Marcus Adams.
In the upper right corner is a new permanent domestic stamp featuring a portrait of a smiling Queen by noted British fashion photographer David Bailey.
A line drawing of the Queen’s profile serves as a pictorial cancellation, while the cancel location is Victoria, B.C., the namesake city of Her Majesty’s long-reigning relative.
Title: Canada post 2016 definitive stamp honouring Queen Elizabeth II
Date of Issue: 11 January 2016
Denominations: Permanent™ (domestic rate)
Source: Canada Stamps