On 9 September 2015, Queen Elizabeth II succeeded Queen Victoria as the longest reigning British monarch. To celebrate this amazing milestone, New Zealand Post is issuing a special set of stamps and a coin that celebrate Queen Elizabeth II as New Zealand’s longest reigning monarch. As New Zealand did not become part of the British Empire until three years after Victoria’s accession to the throne in 1837, Queen Elizabeth II has been New Zealand’s longest-reigning monarch for some time. Queen Elizabeth II is the only ‘Queen of New Zealand’ we’ve ever known, as during Queen Victoria’s reign New Zealand was a British colony rather than a Realm. On 28 May 1953, Her Majesty formally became ‘The Queen of New Zealand’ – the first Sovereign to hold this title.
During her reign Queen Elizabeth II has maintained close links to New Zealand, and has visited ten times since her inaugural tour in 1953/54. Although her last visit was in 2002, we still maintain a strong bond with the monarchy, with more recent visits made on her behalf by William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who last visited in 2014 along with their son Prince George of Cambridge.
47p – The Coronation Portrait by Cecil Beaton – 1953
57p – The Silver Jubilee by Peter Grugeon – 1977
71p – The Golden Jubilee by John Swannell – 2002
£1.25 – The Diamond Jubilee by John Swannell – 2012
The spectacular Miniature Sheet, printed on silk, features The Coronation Theatre, Westminister Abbey: A Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth IIby Ralph Heimans. The painting was commissioned by Buckingham Palace to mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2013.
Issue Date: 08.09.2015 Illustrator: Ralph Heimans Printer: Cartor Security Printing, FranceProcess: Offset lithography + Miniature Sheet printed on silk Colours: 4 Colours Size: 40mm x 30mm. Miniature Sheet overall size: 84mm deep x 122mm wide. Stamp die size within: 45mm deep x 28mm wide. Souvenir Sheetlet size: 85mm deep x 147mm wide.
Issue Date: 30.05.2015 Designer: Stephen Perera Illustrator: ©Victoria & Albert Museum, London/Cecil Beaton Arc Printer: Lowe-Martin Group Process: Offset Lithography & Thermography & 22ct Gold Colours: 4 colours + 22ct Gold Size: 40 x 40mm Values: £10