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 Falkland Islands are proud to release this special new issue as part of a series together with Ascension Island, Bahamas, British Antarctic Territory, South Georgia and Tristan da Cunha.
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.
30p Her Majesty is shown against coronation publications from 1953. The portrait of Her Majesty was taken by Lord Snowdon. (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images).
75p The first Land Rovers arrived in the Falklands in the 1950’s. Government records from 1951 show that the first, Registration Number 168, belonged to the Falkland Islands Company. With no roads outside Stanley the introduction of the Land Rovers made life much easier. Even the Dentist (with his treadle operated drill) and the Doctor had to travel by horse until the Rovers arrived. The Falkland Islands are home to the southernmost official Land Rover dealership in the world. The portrait of her Majesty (often seen driving Land Rovers herself over the years) shows her wearing her coronation crown, in 1953. Known as the St Edward's Crown, it was made in 1661 for the coronation of King Charles II, and is reputed to contain gold from the crown of Edward the Confessor. It is set with 444 precious stones. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images).
£1 The Gold State Coach was built in the London workshops of Samuel Butler in 1762. It was commissioned for £7,562. It has been used at the coronation of every British Monarch since George IV. The coach's great age, weight, and lack of manoeuvrability have limited its use to grand state occasions such as coronations, royal weddings, and the jubilees of a monarch. It has not been a popular coach with the various monarchs, King George VI describing his coronation journey as "one of the most uncomfortable rides I have ever had in my life”. The portrait of Her Majesty was taken as she arrived at the Palace of Westminster the State Opening of Parliament in 2002. (Photo by Tim Graham Picture Library/Getty Images).
£1.25 In 2013 the Falkland Islands held a referendum to gauge public support for the question "Do you wish the Falkland Islands to retain their current political status as an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom?". With a turnout of more than 90% of eligible voters just 3 votes were against, perhaps favouring the notion of complete Independence for the islands. The portrait of Her Majesty was taken as she watched a riding display at the Ebony Horse Club and Community Riding Centre in 2013. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images).
Designer Andrew Robinson
Printer BDT International
Perforation 14 per 2 cms
Stamp size 28.45 x 42.58mm
Sheet Layout 10
Release date 9 September, 2015
Production Co-ordination Creative Direction (Worldwide) Ltd