Royal Mail issued special stamps to commemorate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becoming the longest reigning monarch in UK history.
On Wednesday 9th September 2015, the Queen Elizabeth II broke the record set by her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria who reigned for 63 years and 216 days, to be precise 23,226 days, 16 hours and 23 minutes.
Queen Elizabeth II stamps
The first class stamp has had a royal makeover too, changed to the colour purple for the first time with an overprint bearing the text Long To Reign Over Us. This will replace the current red version for the next 12 months.
The stamps featured are as follows:
Dorothy Wilding’s three-quarter profile photograph of Queen Elizabeth II was one of a series taken in April 1952.
William Wyon’s City Medal depicts the head of Queen Victoria.
A new edition of the 1966 Arnold Machin effigy of Her Majesty, printed in a new mauve colour and the text in iridescent ink repeats the phrase, Long to Reign Over Us.
Featuring the Personal Flag of Queen Elizabeth II.
The Badge of the House of Windsor shown on this stamp – featuring the Round Tower of Windsor – has been in use since 1938.
A range of commemorative coins bringing together the five separate portraits of the Queen have also been released which capture more than six decades of history.
The milestone will also be marked by the publication of the Queen’s biography by former foreign secretary Douglas Hurd.
Celebrations to mark the Historic event
– a flotilla sailed down the River Thames to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II becoming the longest reigning monarch of Britain
– a photo exhibition goes on public display at Buckingham Palace which will remain on display until the end of the summer opening of Buckingham Palace on 27th September.
Title: The Longest Reigning Monarch stamps by Royal Mail
Date of Issue: 9 September 2015
Country: Great Britain
Denominations: 1st Class x 3, £1.52 x 2
Source: Royal Mail