To mark the Queen’s 80th birthday on 21 April, Royal Mail will issue eight warm and informal photographic portraits taken throughout her life.
The eight stamps show Her Majesty from every decade except the decade of her birth and the 90’s. Pictures of Her Majesty in her early years were a bit thin on the ground especially as the brief dictated that she would need to be laughing or smiling.
In the case of the 90’s, no picture was selected because despite sifting through many pictures from that decade, Roger Tooth was unable to find a suitable ‘cheerful’ shot which worked well with the set. This was possibly due, in part, to the fact that that particular decade was not exactly a great time for Her Majesty, and included her ‘annus horribilis’.
Note the values on the left-hand 2nd class and left-hand 72p stamps are grey as shown on the Royal Mail fdc below, not white as shown on these publicity photos.
2nd Class (with sunglasses) – On board the Royal Yacht Britannia 1972 by Patrick (Lord) Lichfield ©Camera Press
2nd Class (with horse) – Royal Windsor Horse Show 11 May 1985 ©Getty Images
1st Class – Greeting British Airways dignitaries at Heathrow Airport marking the 10th anniversary of UNICEF/BA Change for Good programme by Chris Young PA/Empics©Empics
1st Class – February 1931 Princess Elizabeth age five with her mother the then Duchess of York ©Camera Press
44p (profile with tiara) – Princess Elizabeth attending State Banquet, Rideau Hall, Ottawa, Canada, 12 October 1951 ©Fox Photos/Getty Images
44p (full face) – HM the Queen c.1960 ©Camera Press
72p – April 1940 Princess Elizabeth aged 14 ©Camera Press
72p – HM the Queen and Prince Philip c.1951 ©Camera Press
Designed by Sedley Place, the stamps will be printed in gravure by Joh Enschede Security Print, size 41x30mm. Images are Copyright 2005/6 by Royal Mail.
We have a selection of exclusive FDCs for this issue. The
Buckingham Palace cover is postmarked with either L10029 or L10020 as
shown. Price £8.95.
These images are digital mock-ups so the postmarks may not be this size.
The Sandringham cover is cancelled with M10038, also Price £8.95
Set of 8 stamps mint or very fine used - £4.50.
PO stamp cards also available - these are postcard-sized reproductions of the stamps: price £3.25 set of 8.
Any postmark (either date) on plain white c6 envelope with stamp of your choice - Price £1 plus cost of stamp, discounts available.
Double-dated covers may also be produced - please ask if you would like these.
Also some sets on PO FDC - Price £5.25
The special postmarks available on the Day of Issue and The Queen's actual birthday are shown here. NB: not shown to scale.
| Ref FD617
Philatelic Bureau Official First Day Postmark
| Ref FD618
Official Windsor First Day Postmark
| Ref FD618NP
Official Windsor non-pictorial First Day Postmark
| Ref L10024
80th Birthday, Windsor Berkshire
| Ref M10039
Queens Drive, Birmingham
| Ref L10031
Buckingham Palace Road, London
| Ref L10025
| Ref L10021
Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1(rose)
| Ref L10029
London SW1 (Buckingham Palace)
| Ref L10030
Windsor, Berkshire (Windsor Castle)
| Ref L10028 *
350 Years of the Jewish Community in Great Britain, Bloomsbury Square, London WC1
| Ref L10020
Buckingham Palace London SW1
| Ref L10026
E II R Bletchley Park Post Office
| Ref S10041
Edinburgh, Holyrood House
| Ref S10040
Crathie, Ballater, Aberdeenshire
| Ref L10033
Grenadier Road, London E16
| Ref L10032
The Crown and Sceptre, Northbourne, Bournemouth
| Ref L10027
Happy Birthday to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Windsor
| Ref M10038
| Ref E4680
Royal Mail Windsor postmark
|These postmarks are for Her Majesty's Birthday on 21 April and can be applied to any of the stamps on any cover or card.|
| Ref L4666
Royal Mail, London SW postmark
| Ref L10035
| Ref L10037
Buckingham Palace London SW1
| Ref L10036
|* We did not service any covers using this postmark. Readers of the Jewish Chronicle and others interested in covers bearing this postmark should contact: ABC-FDC, 1st Floor, Unit 1, Kings Mews, Kings Street, London N2 8DY|
This page updated 27 June 2006
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