Sunday, April 10, 2016

Australia 2016
Queen's 90th Birthday

ISSUE DATE: 5 April 2016
STAMP SIZE:26 x 37.5 mm
PRODUCT DESIGN: Sharon Rodziewicz
STAMP DESIGN: Sharon Rodziewicz

The 2016 Queen’s Birthday stamp issue celebrates the 90th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In the domestic stamp, Her Majesty is pictured attending a garden party for the Not Forgotten Association (NFA), which is held annually to honour the contribution of the armed forces.

The Queen’s significant involvement in the armed forces will be one of the themes highlighted in Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday Party, a series of celebrations taking place in May and June 2016. The celebrations will coincide with the annual Windsor Horse Show, another significant personal interest. As part of the festivities, there will be four evenings of music, song, dance and video projection over 90 minutes. The display will highlight and celebrate the Queen’s life and personal interests as well as key events of her reign, including her coronation in 1953, her diamond jubilee in 2012 and becoming Britain’s longest reigning monarch in 2015.

The Australian Golden Wattle diamond brooch is said to be one of the Queen’s personal favourites and features on the international stamp. The brooch was presented as a gift from the people and government of Australia during the Queen’s inaugural tour of Australia in 1954 – the first ever tour by a reigning British monarch.

During the tour, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh visited the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Tasmania, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia. They arrived on the SS Gothic, which sailed into Sydney Harbour, where the couple were met with a thunderously enthusiastic reception. It is estimated that around 75 per cent of Australia's population caught a glimpse of the newly crowned queen during the tour.


Stamp images and description thanks to Australia Post

Australia Post