To celebrate a remarkable 60 years of Queen Elizabeth II as Monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories we are delighted to confirm the issue a special set of new stamps and a souvenir sheet from the Falkland Islands.
This year we commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of the Accession of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty became Head of the Commonwealth and Queen in 1952 and was crowned in Westminster Abbey on June 2nd 1953. During her 60 year reign she has become the most widely travelled Head of State in World history. During this time she has witnessed numerous wars and conflicts as well as landmark historical events from the landing of the first man on the moon up to the present day of the digital age.
Queen Elizabeth II is the longest lived and second longest reigning Monarch in British history next to Queen Victoria.
The four stamps depict images of Her Majesty taken during each of her very special Anniversary years.
27p Year of Accession, 1952
Queen Elizabeth II attends a gala performance of Bertram Mills Circus at Olympia, London 18th December 1952.
30p Silver Jubilee, 1977
Queen Elizabeth II at Parliament House, Canberra, when she attended a Government reception, during her Silver Jubilee tour of Australia. 8th March 1977.
70p Golden Jubilee, 2002
Queen Elizabeth II visits All Saints Parish Church in Kingston upon Thames, during her Golden Jubilee visit to West London. 25th June 2002.
£1.71 Diamond Jubilee, 2012
Queen Elizabeth II attends the church of St Peter and St Paul at West Newton, Norfolk on Sunday February 5, 2012 on the eve of the 60th Anniversary of her accession to the throne.
The accompanying souvenir sheet £3 stamp shows a black and white photograph of Her Majesty taken as she arrived in Downing Street for a dinner given by Sir Winston Churchill in 1955. A contemporary photograph in the surround shows Queen Elizabeth II smiling as she visits Palm Paper in King's Lynn, Norfolk in February 2012. The mill provides all of the paper used by the national newspapers and much of that used by the regional press in the UK.
Artist: Andrew Robinson
Printer: Cartor Security Printing
Perforation: 13 ¼ x 13 ½ per 2cms
Stamp size: 28 x 42mm
Sheet Layout: 10
Souvenir Sheet stamp size: 48 x 30mm
Souvenir Sheet size: 100 x 70mm
Release date: 10 May 2012
Production Co-ordination: Creative Direction (Worldwide) Ltd27p PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images30p Ron Bell/PA Archive/Press Association Images70p Fiona Hanson/PA Archive/Press Association Images£1.71 Chris Jackson/PAS/S border Chris Jackson/PA WireS/S stamp PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images