Diamond Jubilee


Diamond Jubilee

To celebrate a remarkable 60 years of Queen Elizabeth II as Monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories we are delighted to confirm the issue a special set of new stamps and a souvenir sheet from South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.

This year we commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of the Accession of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty became Head of the Commonwealth and Queen in 1952 and was crowned in Westminster Abbey on June 2nd 1953. During her 60 year reign she has become the most widely travelled Head of State in World history. During this time she has witnessed numerous wars and conflicts as well as landmark historical events from the landing of the first man on the moon up to the present day of the digital age.

Queen Elizabeth II is the longest lived and second longest reigning Monarch in British history next to Queen Victoria.

The four stamps depict images of Her Majesty taken during each of her very special Anniversary years.

60p Year of Accession, 1952   

Queen Elizabeth II making her first Christmas Day broadcast to her people in the United Kingdom and throughout the world at Sandringham House, Norfolk 25th December 1952.

70p Silver Jubilee, 1977

Queen Elizabeth II during a walkabout in New Plymouth, New Zealand, 25th February 1977.

95p Golden Jubilee, 2002

The Queen visits Exeter, during her Golden Jubilee tour, 1 May 2002.  

£1.15 Diamond Jubilee, 2012

Queen Elizabeth II, smiles as she is arrives for a visit to Kings Lynn Town Hall in Norfolk on the 60th Anniversary of her accession to the throne. Six decades after the death of her father King George VI on February 6, 1952 made the young princess a queen overnight, the monarch said in a message to her subjects that she wanted to "dedicate myself anew to your service".

The accompanying souvenir sheet £3 stamp shows a black and white photograph of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II arriving at the British Museum, London, to attend a reception to commemorate the gift to the Museum by King George II of his Royal Library. 27th November 1957. A contemporary photograph in the surround shows Queen Elizabeth II visiting the Irish National Stud, one of Ireland's top horse breeding centres, near Dublin, Co Kildare during her historic State Visit to the Republic of Ireland in 2011.

Technical details:

Artist:        Andrew Robinson

Printer:                            Cartor Security Printing

Process:                           Lithography

Perforation:                    13 ¼ x 13 ½ per 2cms

Stamp size:                     28 x 42mm

Sheet Layout:                 10

Souvenir Sheet stamp size:          48 x 30mm

Souvenir Sheet size:          100 x 70mm

Release date:                  28 May 2012

Production Co-ordination:         Creative Direction (Worldwide) Ltd

Photo Credits:

60p PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images
70p Ron Bell/PA Archive/Press Association Images
95p Mark Cuthbert/UK Press/Press Association Images
£1.15 Chris Radburn/PA Wire
S/S Border John Stillwell/PA Wire
S/S Stamp PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images