This week marked the 90th birthday of our Queen. The occasion was marked with various celebrations in London and many other cities around the world.
In the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the United Kingdom Overseas Territories 900 beacons were lit. There is a long and unbroken tradition in England of celebrating Royal jubilees, weddings, coronations and special birthdays with the lighting of beacons – on top of mountains, churches and castle battlements, on town and village greens, farms, country parks and estates, and along the beaches surrounding our shores.
The Royal Mail have also marked the occasion with a new range of official stamps, souvenirs and gifts. Pride of place is an exclusively commissioned photograph of four generations of the Royal Family, each featured on a 1st class stamp. These beautiful images were photographed by Ranald Mackechnie in the summer of 2015 for Royal Mail, the specially commissioned Stamp Sheet features a family portrait of four generations of the House of Windsor: HM The Queen, HRH The Prince of Wales, HRH The Duke of Cambridge and for the first time on a Royal Mail stamp, HRH Prince George of Cambridge. The photograph was taken in the White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace.
The perforations in the Stamp Sheet are positioned to create a postage stamp for each member of the Family.
The six Special Stamps celebrate HRH The Queen’s birthday with three stamps focusing on Her Majesty’s family life, and three honouring The Queen’s official role.
We have always been fans of her Royal Highness here at Rare as you can see by the fabulous Mosaic collection best of British., where we have a collection of images depicting her Royal Highness, the flag and of Course the Queen on a stamp.