Royal Mail will mark the culmination of Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations with eight new stamps featuring significant events over the past 60 years.The Diamond Jubilee stamps will be issued on 31 May, issued in time for the extended Jubilee Bank Holidays on 4 and 5 June, using archive photography show The Queen performing her official duties both at home in the UK and on the world stage.
Issued in four se-tenant ‘pairs’, the stamps give an 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 head of the UK’s Armed Forces, half a century later in 2007.
The stamps demonstrate The Queen’s unwavering devotion to duty that has not faltered since the accession to the throne on 6 February 1952. Much of this is recounted in a 24-page prestige stamp book that is also being issued to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.
This is the third and final stamp issue in 2012 to mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The first was The House of Windsor issue (2 February), which featured a 1954 portrait of The Queen. The second, the Diamond Jubilee Miniature Sheet, was issued on 6 February, the same day The Queen came to the throne in 1952.
The sheet created a philatelic first: bringing together iconic and official imagery on six new stamps, featuring the Queen as she has appeared on selected coins and banknotes, as well as stamps, issued during her reign. The sheet also included a brand new 1st Class Diamond Jubilee blue definitive, which replaces the gold definitive in UK Post Office Branches for 2012, and will also be available in stamp books.