A set of ten stamps will be released by Jersey Post on 21 April 2016 to celebrate the occasion of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th Birthday. The stamps feature nostalgic photographs from each decade of Her Majesty’s life, showing The Queen as a young child and with different members of her immediate family.
“Ever since she was born in 1926, The Queen’s family has formed a strong support network for her and to this day, family life remains very important and precious to Her Majesty,” comments Melanie Gouzinis, Head of Philatelic at Jersey Post. “Birthdays are often about the coming together of families at a time of celebration and we wanted to present this idea through the images we used on the stamps. The photographs which feature were carefully selected to span each decade of Her Majesty’s life, from the 1920s right through to the 2010s, beginning with a wonderfully nostalgic black and white image of Queen Elizabeth II, then Princess Elizabeth, aged just two years old.”
The Queen celebrates two birthdays each year. Her actual birthday falls on 21 April and her official birthday, on a Saturday in June. This occasion is known as Trooping the Colour and is celebrated with a spectacular birthday parade. Whilst The Queen spends her official birthday watching the parade which moves between Buckingham Palace, The Mall and Horse Guards Parade in central London, Her Majesty spends her actual birthday privately, usually at Windsor Castle.
The stamps will be available to buy from all branches of Jersey Post from 21 April 2016. Philatelic stamp products such as sets of stamps, First Day Covers and Presentation Packs 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.