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Diamond Jubilee Royal Mail Portrait Stamp Collection

Published: 29th May 2012 20:53

Royal Mail is celebrating the culmination of Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee festivities with eight new stamps featuring a selection of some of the most memorable events of her historic 60 year reign.

Accession Day actually fell on 6 February, although celebrations have been taking place throughout 2012, and include a special extended bank holiday weekend. Called the Central Weekend, on 2-5 June, it will feature celebratory activities throughout the UK and across the Commonwealth.

The Special Diamond Jubilee Special Stamps will be issued on 31 May. They feature images of The Queen performing her official duties both at home in the UK and on the world stage.

The eight stamps give a fascinating insight into the hugely diverse duties The Queen has performed; from delivering the first televised Christmas broadcast in 1957, to inspecting the 2nd Battalion Royal Welsh, as Commander-in-Chief of the UK's Armed Forces, half a century later in 2007.

The Queen's 60 year reign is already the second longest for a British monarch. Queen Victoria ruled for 63 years and 7 months.

Moya Greene, Chief Executive, Royal Mail, said: "The Diamond Jubilee, only the second in Royal history, is a very important anniversary. The whole world's attention will be drawn towards this special occasion."

"Royal Mail is honoured to have such an enduring relationship with The Queen. We are proud to mark the occasion by celebrating the official roles of The Queen with distinctive and memorable images, many of which have not been widely seen before. The stamps chart The Queen's reign across the six decades and highlight her unwavering commitment to national duty."

This is the third and final stamp issue in 2012 to mark The Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The first was The House of Windsor and Saxe-Coburg-Gotha issue which was available from 2 February. The second was the Diamond Jubilee Definitive Sheet, issued on 6 February; the same day The Queen ascended the throne in 1952. The sheet also included a brand new 1st Class Diamond Jubilee blue definitive, the UK's everyday stamp, which replaces the gold definitive for 2012. It can be bought in Post Office Branches and other stamp retailers.

The set of eight individual royal portraits of Her Majesty The Queen marks the 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne in 1952.

The new stamps chart six decades of British history using archived photography of significant Royal moments, including The Queen's first Christmas broadcast in 1957, Trooping the Colour in 1967 and celebrations of her Golden Jubilee in 2002. This is the third and final stamp issue in 2012 to mark The Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The first was The House of Windsor and Saxe-Coburg-Gotha issue issued on 2 February. The second was the Diamond Jubilee Definitive Sheet, issued on 6 February; the same day The Queen ascended the throne in 1952.

The Queen's 25th, 40th and 50th Jubilees were also marked with special stamp issues - an illustration of The Queen and the Royal Cypher ER in 1977, a combination of public and private portraits in 1992, and black and white portrait images for the Golden Jubilee in 2002.

The Diamond Jubilee Special Stamps will be available in all Post Office Branches. The stamps can also be bought at http://www.royalmail.com/ for one year.

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