HM QEII 95th Birthday
The Falkland Islands Post Office takes great pleasure in releasing a set of six stamps in celebration of The Queen’s 95th birthday.
The stamps will be released on Her Majesty’s actual birthday, 21 April. Each of the stamps depict key aspects of Her Majesty’s life, from a young Princess, to her Coronation and Marriage as well as managing to enjoy some Leisure time and Pageantry, out and about fulfilling her Royal Duties.
On her twenty-first birthday, 21 April 1947, Princess Elizabeth was with her parents and younger sister, Princess Margaret, on a tour of South Africa. In a speech broadcast on the radio from Cape Town, the Princess dedicated her life to the service of the Commonwealth. The theme of the stamp issue, “Devoted to your service”, is taken from that speech: “I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.”
This special issue is a collaboration between 11 postal administrations which sees four Crown Dependencies, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man, join The Bahamas and six UK Overseas Territories, Ascension Island, British Antarctic Territory, British Virgin Islands, Falkland Islands, South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands, and Tristan da Cunha to mark the birthday of the world’s longest reigning monarch.
32p Princess. Princess Elizabeth, daughter of The Duke and Duchess of York, pictured in ballet outfit (Photo by Bob Thomas/Popperfoto via Getty Images).
49p Coronation. Queen Elizabeth on 2 June 1953, after her coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey, the setting for every coronation since 1066. (Photo by PA Archive/PA Images).
78p Marriage. Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh walk at Broadlands, Hampshire in 2007, the year of their diamond wedding anniversary. (Photo by Fiona HANSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images).
£1.04 Leisure. Queen Elizabeth II can be seen holding a camera about to take a photograph, while attending the Royal Windsor Horse show in 1982. (Photo by Bob Thomas/Popperfoto via Getty Images).
£1.10 Pageantry. The Queen can be seen Saluting at Trooping The Colour (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images).
£1.26 Royal Duty. Queen Elizabeth II departs after reopening the Sir Joseph Hotung Gallery at the British Museum on November 8, 2017 in London. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images).
The FDC features two images of Her Majesty; a contemporary picture of the Queen who is fondly known throughout the world and a beautiful portrait, circa 1929, of the young Princess Elizabeth before it was realised that she would be acceding to the throne. (Photos via Getty Images).
Designer Bee Design
Printer Cartor Security Printing
Perforation 13 ¼ x 13 ¼ per 2cms
Stamp size 36 x 36mm
Sheet Layout 10
Release date 21 April, 2021
Production Coordination Creative Direction (Worldwide) Ltd