90th Birthday of the Queen

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90th Birthday of the Queen

$90 Set: Part No: ST011816
$10  Set: Part No: ST011817

The British Virgin Islands Post Office is delighted to celebrate the 90th Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II the past 21 April 2016 with the release of 2 stamps.

Her Majesty celebrates two birthdays each year, her actual birthday and her official birthday on a Saturday in June. Official celebrations to mark a Sovereign’s birthday have often been held on another day in the summer to ensure good weather for the ‘Trooping the Colour’ Parade, also known as the Birthday Parade.

The queen usually spends her actual birthday privately, but the occasion is marked by gun salutes in London at midday: a 41 gun salute in Hyde Park, a 21 gun salute in Windsor Great Park and a 62 gun salute at the Tower of London. As 2016 is such a milestone birthday there will be a thanks giving service held at St Paul’s Cathedral as well as a large street party for 10,000 guests in London’s Mall.

In June 1953, Princess Elizabeth ascended to the throne and became the Queen of England and ruler of much of the free world. To this day the Queen remains the centre of attention wherever she goes and is subject to critical assessment every time she appears in public.

$10 Image of HM Queen Elizabeth II, Patron, Berkhamsted School, inspecting a Guard of Honour formed from the school's Combined Cadet Force, as part of the school's 475th Anniversary celebrations, at Berkhamsted School on May 6, 2016 in Berkhamsted, England.

$90 Image of HM Queen Elizabeth II on a walkabout to celebrate the Queen's 90th Birthday on April 21, 2016 in Windsor, England.

Technical details are:
Designer: Bee Design
Photographs: Getty Images/Mark Cuthbert 
Printer: Cartor Security Printing 
Process: Stochastic lithography
Stamp size: 42 x 28mm.
Perforation: 13 ¼ x 13 ½ per 2cm
Layout:    20 x (2 x 10)        
Release Date: 9 December, 2016.        
Production Co-ordination: Creative Direction (Worldwide) Ltd