On 9th September 2015, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest reigning Monarch in British history, surpassing the reign of her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.
To celebrate this extraordinary milestone The Bahamas is proud to release this special new issue as part of a series together with Ascension Island, British Antarctic Territory, Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands and Tristan da Cunha.
The Queen's relationship to The Bahamas is unique. In all her duties, she speaks and acts as Queen of The Bahamas, and not as Queen of the United Kingdom.
Queen Victoria came to the throne aged 18 and died in 1901 when she was 81, an incredible reign of 63 years and 216 days (23,226 days, 16 hours and 23 minutes) that defined an era and a people. In her journal Victoria recorded that “Today is the day I have reigned longer, by a day, than any English sovereign”. The Victorians responded enthusiastically to her historic milestone yet, like our current Queen, Victoria did not encourage any celebrations ahead of the day.
Yet for Queen Elizabeth II to become the longest reigning of the forty-one kings and queens of England since the Norman Conquest is without doubt an historic achievement. Like Victoria, Elizabeth II is much loved and during a lifetime of service has provided a reassuring and enduring source of stability in a fast and ever changing world.
Elizabeth’s reign has seen more developments, achievements and records than any other. According to Guinness World Records she holds the world record for the most currencies featuring the same individual. Her Diamond Jubilee river pageant in 2012 set a new world record for the number of boats in a parade. She was the first British monarch to have sent an email, to have a message placed on the moon, to have conducted a royal 'walkabout' and to have held a public concert in her back garden.
This series of postage stamps depict Her Majesty since her coronation with many familiar and iconic images from her reign.
15c Her Majesty is shown against the coronation stamp and First Day Cover from 1953. The photo of her Majesty was taken 3 November 1953 when she left Buckingham Palace in the Irish State coach for Westminster for the State Opening of Parliament (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images).
50c The Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) is a non-profit publicly funded facility built in 1952 and commissioned to provide healthcare to all the peoples of the Bahamas without consideration of race, color, religion or socioeconomic status. It was previously named the Bahamas General Hospital, and was renamed in 1955 in honour of the visit of the Queen of England’s sister, Princess Margaret, to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. Today it is a premier healthcare facility in the Caribbean, with a stellar history of service and medical scholarship. The image shown is from Her Majesty’s visit to the Hospital in 1966. The portrait of her Majesty was taken when she attended the premiere performance of the film 'Born Free'. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images).
65c Her Majesty is shown with Sir Milo Butler during her Royal Visit of 1975. The Queen and members of the Royal Family have toured The Bahamas on several occasions. The islands were visited by The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh in the course of their Caribbean tours of February 1966 and February 1975, and during the Silver Jubilee tour of October 1977. There was a further visit to Nassau for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in October 1985. The portrait of Her Majesty was taken in 1975. (Photo by Serge Lemoine/Getty Images).
70c Prince Harry talks to Scouts after attending a service of Morning Prayer at Christ Church Cathedral on March 4, 2012 in Nassau, Bahamas. The Prince is visiting the Bahamas as part of a Diamond Jubilee tour as a representative of Queen Elizabeth II. (Photo by John Stillwell-Pool/Getty Images). The portrait of Her Majesty was taken as she talked with guests at a reception hosted by the Lord Mayor of London and the City in honour of her Diamond Jubilee on June 5, 2012. (Photo by John Stillwell/AFP/GettyImages).
Designer Andrew Robinson
Printer BDT International
Perforation 14 per 2 cms
Stamp size 28.45 x 42.58mm
Sheet Layout 20 (2 x 10)
Release date 9 September, 2015
Production Co-ordination Creative Direction (Worldwide) Ltd