Isle of Man Post issued a set of eight stunning stamps to celebrate the long reign of nation’s much-loved British monarch HM Queen Elizabeth II.
The stamps depict some of Her Majesty the Queen’s most important ceremonial occasions during her long reign. Details of each occasion are struck in an affluent gold typeset.
The occasions featured on the stamps are:
Her Majesty’s Coronation
The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II as monarch took place on 2 June 1953. Elizabeth ascended the throne at age 25, upon the death of her father, King George VI, on 6 February 1952.
In the ceremony itself, Elizabeth swore an oath to uphold the laws of her nations and to govern the Church of England. Celebrations took place and a commemorative medal was issued throughout the Commonwealth realms.
The Investiture of Prince Charles
The Investiture of the Prince of Wales is the ceremony marking the formal creation of the title of Prince of Wales, similar to a coronation.
An investiture is not required for the Princes of Wales, as the title is created via letters patent, and consequently the ceremony is for formal purposes only.
Trooping the Colour
Trooping the Colour is a ceremony performed by regiments of the British and Commonwealth armies.
The custom of Trooping the Colour dates back to the time of Charles II in the 17th. Century when the Colours of a regiment were used as a rallying point in battle.
Trooping the Colour an impressive display of pageantry is now held on the occasion of the Queen’s Official Birthday.
It takes place in June each year to celebrate the official Birthday of the Sovereign and is carried out by her personal troops, the Household Division, on Horse Guards Parade, with the Queen herself attending and taking the salute.
The Diamond Jubilee
Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 marked 60 years as Queen, with celebrations throughout her realms, the wider Commonwealth, and beyond.
In a message released on Accession Day, she stated: “In this special year, as I dedicate myself anew to your service, I hope we will all be reminded of the power of togetherness and the convening strength of family, friendship and good neighbourliness … I hope also that this Jubilee year will be a time to give thanks for the great advances that have been made since 1952 and to look forward to the future with clear head and warm heart”
In 2002, Elizabeth marked her Golden Jubilee as Queen. A million people attended each day of the three-day main Jubilee celebration in London and the enthusiasm shown by the public for the Queen was greater than any one had predicted.
In 1977, Elizabeth marked the Silver Jubilee of her accession. Parties and events took place throughout the Commonwealth, many coinciding with her associated national and Commonwealth tours.
Opening of Parliament
The State Opening of Parliament is an event in the United Kingdom that marks the commencement of a session of the Parliament of the United Kingdom and includes a Speech from the Throne, known as the Queen’s (or King’s) Speech.
The State Opening is an extremely elaborate ceremony showcasing British history, culture, and contemporary politics.
Order of the Garter
The Order of the Garter is the most senior and the oldest British Order of Chivalry and was founded by Edward III in 1348.
The Order, consisting of the King and twenty-five knights, honours those who have held public office, who have contributed in a particular way to national life or who have served the Sovereign personally.
Title: The Reign of HM Queen Elizabeth II
Date of Issue: 18 June 2015
Country: Isle of Man
Denominations: 44p x 2, 77p x 2,
Source: IOM Post Office
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