Royal Mail celebrates HM The Queen’s 90th birthday with ten Special Stamps featuring family portrait, Her Majesty’s family life, and The Queen’s official work for the country.
2016 sees national celebrations of Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday. Already the longest reigning UK monarch, she is also the oldest reigning monarch in the world.
The Queen Elizabeth II was born at 2:40am on 21 April 1926 in London to the Duke and Duchess of York, later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, and was the elder of their two daughters.
The Queen celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual birthday on 21 April and her official birthday on a Saturday in June.
Whilst The Queen spends her official birthday watching the parade which moves between Buckingham Palace, The Mall and Horse Guards Parade in central London, Her Majesty spends her actual birthday privately, usually at Windsor Castle.
Ten Special Stamps celebrating HM The Queen’s 90th birthday
Royal Mail issued ten Special Stamps of which four stamps features family portrait of four generations of the House of Windsor, three stamps focus on Her Majesty’s family life, and three honour The Queen’s official work for the country.
Stamp Sheet family portrait
Photographed by Ranald Mackechnie in the summer of 2015 for Royal Mail, the specially commissioned Stamp Sheet features a family portrait of four generations of the House of Windsor: HM The Queen, HRH The Prince of Wales, HRH The Duke of Cambridge and for the first time on a Royal Mail stamp, HRH Prince George of Cambridge.
The photograph was taken in the White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace.
The perforations in the Stamp Sheet are positioned to create a postage stamp for each member of the Family.
Photographer Ranald Mackechnie, was chosen due to his excellent use of light in his work and specialist portrait skills. Ranald had worked with the Royal Mail design team many times; however, this was the first time his work would feature on a stamp.
For both aesthetic and technical reasons Prince George couldn’t be positioned much lower within the photograph. The position of each portrait within the miniature sheet was critical due to tight technical constraints.
The six Special Stamps celebrate HRH The Queen’s birthday with three stamps focusing on Her Majesty’s family life, and three honouring The Queen’s official role.
Her Majesty’s family life
The family stamps include an image of The Queen with her children, the young Prince Charles and Princess Anne. A stamp with the Duke of Edinburgh marks their long partnership.
This is also the first time Royal Mail has issued a stamp featuring The Queen with her father.
The Queen’s official role
The three remaining stamps mark The Queen’s official duties: as Head of State for the opening of Parliament; as Head of the Commonwealth where she is depicted with Nelson Mandela; and on a state visit to New Zealand.
The images represent more than 100 state visits made worldwide by Her Majesty since her accession.
The Queen’s visit to newly renamed Queen Elizabeth Delivery Office in Windsor
Royal Mail has revealed a new name for Windsor Delivery Office to commemorate today’s visit by Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.
From today, the Windsor Delivery Office will be known as The Queen Elizabeth Delivery Office.
The Queen Elizabeth Delivery Office is located on William Street, Windsor SL4 1AA. It first opened in 1965. There are 64 people based at this office who deliver to around 20,000 addresses in the SL4 postcode area.
The new name was unveiled during a Royal visit to mark Royal Mail’s celebrations of 500 years of the postal service, and comes on the eve of Her Majesty’s 90th birthday.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were accompanied on a tour of the office by Royal Mail’s Chief Executive Moya Greene, Chairman Peter Long and Delivery Office Manager Andrew Roeton.
During the visit, Her Majesty The Queen had an opportunity to see, for the first time, the printed versions of a Royal Mail Special Stamp issue celebrating her landmark birthday.
The stamps go on sale to the public from 8,000 Post Offices on the day of her 90th birthday, 21 April 2016. The stamps are available to pre-order from today at www.royalmail.com/hmq90.
Her Majesty was presented with the first in a limited numbered edition of 90 framed sets that bring together stamps issued to mark significant achievements of HM The Queen over the years.
The 90 Glorious Years – Limited Edition Frame – 90 presented to The Queen – this brings together stamps issued in miniature sheet format covering significant achievements of The Queen over the years.
It includes the Diamond Jubilee and Diamond Wedding Miniature Sheets no longer in circulation from Royal Mail, alongside the Long to Reign Over Us stamps and the exclusive photograph of the four generations on the miniature sheet issued for The Queen’s 90th Birthday.
The title and commemorative date stamp are printed on the mount. It has a certificate of authenticity on the reverse.
Before departing, The Queen unveiled a plaque. This will be installed in the customer service point as a lasting legacy of her visit to the office.
The plaque unveiled by The Queen reads: “To commemorate the visit by Her Majesty The Queen accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh to The Queen Elizabeth Delivery Office to mark 500 years of the Postal Service – Wednesday 20th April 2016”
Title: Ten Special Stamps celebrating HM The Queen’s 90th birthday
Date of Issue: 21 April 2016
Denominations: 1st Class x 3, £1.52 x 3, 1st Classx 4 (Miniature sheet)
Source: Royal Mail Stamps
HM The Queen with her father c.1930, photograph by Marcus Adams © Camera Press London; HM The Queen attends the State Opening of Parliament, 2012 © Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images; HM The Queen with Princess Anne and Prince Charles, 1952 © Lisa Sheridan/Studio Lisa/Getty Images; HM The Queen visits New Zealand, 1977 © Anwar Hussein/Getty Images; HM The Queen with The Duke of Edinburgh, 1957 © AP/PA Images; HM The Queen with Nelson Mandela, 1996 © Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images; typographic elements by Mike Pratley