Five official portraits of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will feature on a set of four stamps and a Miniature Sheet issued by Jersey Post on Wednesday 9 September to mark the occasion of Her Majesty becoming the longest reigning monarch in British history.
Princess Elizabeth acceded the throne in the early hours of 6 February 1952, upon the death of her father King George VI. She will reach the landmark date in 2015 at the age of 89 and to many her longevity is a great source of inspiration, strength and resolve. She has reigned by her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, by her side, through the 20th century, the Millennium and into the 21st century and her popularity remains resolute to this day.
The four stamps in this issue mark each of the significant milestones of Her Majesty’s reign, namely her Coronation and Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees. “The Miniature Sheet which accompanies the stamps is particularly noteworthy,” comments Melanie Gouzinis, Head of Philatelic at Jersey Post. “It has been printed on silk and features a spectacular oil painting by contemporary portrait painter Ralph Heimans. The painting, which is on display at Westminster Abbey, was commissioned by Buckingham Palace to mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2013 and we were delighted when Mr Heimans and Sir Stephen Lamport, Receiver General for Westminster Abbey, gave special permission for it to be used in this way.”
Entitled The Coronation Theatre, Westminster Abbey: A Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the painting depicts The Queen in a contemplative pose. She is standing on the Cosmati pavement, the spot where every English monarch has been crowned since it was commissioned by King Henry II in the 13th century.
A special commemorative booklet will also be issued on 9 September. This eight page booklet contains a Souvenir Sheetlet featuring the four stamps, the silk Miniature Sheet and Jersey Post’s 2002 £3 Golden Jubilee stamp which incorporates 24 carat gold, 9 carat gold and 99.99% silver within the design.
The stamps will be available to buy from all branches of Jersey Post from 9 September 2015. Philatelic stamp products such as sets of stamps, the Miniature Sheet, First Day Covers, Presentation Packs and the booklet will be available from the Jersey post offices at Broad Street, St Helier and Rue Des Pres, St Saviour on issue day and can be ordered now at: www.jerseystamps.com or by phoning the Jersey Philatelic Bureau on: 00 44 (0)1534 516320.