On 9 September 2015, Queen Elizabeth II surpassed the reign of her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, and became the longest-reigning British head of state and the longest-reigning queen regnant in history.
Her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria ruled for precisely 23,226 days, 16 hours and 23 minutes.
She reaches the landmark date in 2015 at the age of 89 and to many, her longevity is a great source of inspiration, strength and resolve.
Jersey post issued the special stamps and Miniature sheet to mark the landmark history.
Featured on the stamp are four official portraits of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II marking each of the significant milestones of her reign:
47p – The Coronation Portrait by Cecil Beaton – 1953
57p – The Silver Jubilee by Peter Grugeon – 1977
71p – The Golden Jubilee by John Swannell – 2002
£1.25 – The Diamond Jubilee by John Swannell – 2012
Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II is the queen of 16 of the 53 member states in the Commonwealth of Nations. She is Head of the Commonwealth and Supreme Governor of the Church of England.
Upon the death of her father King George VI in the early hours of 6 February 1952, Princess Elizabeth, aged 25, acceded the throne.
She has reigned with her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, by her side, through the 20th century, the Millennium and into the 21st century.
The Queen’s popularity remains resolute to this day and millions of supporters and well-wishers all around the world have joined in her Royal Jubilee celebrations.
The spectacular Miniature Sheet has been printed on silk and features a painting by Ralph Heimans.
The painting by artist Ralph Heimans entitled The Coronation Theatre, Westminster Abbey: A Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, was commissioned by Buckingham Palace to mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
The painting depicts The Queen in a contemplative pose. She is standing on the Cosmati pavement, the spot where every English monarch has been crowned since it was commissioned by King Henry III in the 13th century.
Title: The Longest Reigning Monarch Queen Elizabeth II
Date of Issue: 9 September 2015
Denominations: 47, 57, 71, £1.25, MS £3
Source: Jersey Stamps