In honour of Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday on Thursday, April 21, a new batch of special Royal mail stamps have been released.
Some of the specially commissioned stamps focus on each side of the monarch’s life – with three focusing on her family life, and the other half honouring The Queen’s official role.
The family stamps include an image of the Queen with her children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne during their childhood – along with an stamp featuring the Duke of Edinburgh to mark their long marriage.
The other three stamps reflect The Queen’s official duties: as Head of State for the opening of Parliament, as a state visit to New Zealand, and as the Head of the Commonwealth in a photo with Nelson Mandela… the only head of state included in the official celebration stamps.
The star of the stamp collection seems to be Prince George as he has made headlines ever since the stamps were announced.
We might not go so far as to exclaim ‘royal cuteness!’ as some outlets have, but we’re sure everyone would have to admit that Prince George looks pretty adorable in this picture.
The third in the line to the throne had to stand on a stack of books (and hold his dad’s hand for balance) to pose for pictures used in a series of new stamps featuring four generations of the Royal Family.
The royals were photographed by Ranald Mackechnie in the summer of 2015 for Royal Mail – with a portrait of four generations that features The Queen, HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duke of Cambridge.
But more significantly, it is the first time that HRH George of Cambridge has also featured – with the photograph taken in the White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace.
The Queen will mark the launch of the stamps by today visiting the Royla Mail Windsor delivery office on William St, Windsor – to mark the 500th Anniversary of the Postal Service.
She will also be presented with the first in a limited collection of 90 framed sets that include different stamp collections that have been issued to celebrate The Queen during her reign.
They’re available to pre-order from today at ww.royalmail.com/hmq90, and to purchase and from 8,000 Post Offices from 21 April.