Jersey post released special stamps focusing King George V, the second issue in a series exploring the Royal legacy of Queen Victoria.
The six stamps and Miniature Sheet illustrate the reign of King George V and feature portraits sourced from The National Portrait Gallery.
The Royal legacy of Queen Victoria – King George V stamps
This set of six stamps follows a timeline of King George V’s reign. The final portrait ‘His Majesty King George V (1865-1936)‘, which also features on the Miniature Sheet, was painted by Jersey man John Saint-Helier Lander in 1934.
Commissioned by philanthropist Thomas Benjamin Davis for the Howard Davis Hall at Victoria College in Jersey, the painting was unveiled in 1936 by HRH Edward, Prince of Wales and still hangs at Victoria College today.
George V at throne
George V, Queen Victoria’s second-eldest grandson, came to the throne on 6 May 1910 following the death of his father, Edward VII. Born on 3 June 1865, George started his career in the Royal Navy but found himself first in line to the throne after the untimely death of his elder brother Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale.
King George V and First World War
The King’s reign was a turbulent time which saw the outbreak of the First World War. Throughout the War, the King made hundreds of visits to troops and military hospitals, visiting wounded servicemen. In 1917, with anti-German sentiment running high, George changed his Germanic family name to Windsor.
King’s visit to island of Jersey
King George V was earnestly devoted to Britain and its Commonwealth and visited the island of Jersey on 12 July 1921. He was only the second reigning monarch to pay an official Royal visit to the Island and it was this visit which occasioned the design of the Parish crests Jersey still uses today.
King George’s stamp collection
King George was also an avid stamp collector and he played an important role in building the Royal Philatelic Collection into the world’s most comprehensive collection of postage stamps of Great Britain and the Commonwealth. Today his collection is housed in St James’ Palace in 328 red albums.
Title: Exploring the Royal legacy of Queen Victoria – King George V
Date of Issue: 9 March 2016
Denominations: 47, 57, 64, 73, 85, 95
Source: Jersey Stamps