Special stamps commemorating the 90th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be issued. The announcement was made in a Cabinet Order dated 24 February.
The Cabinet Order, which comes into operation on the 21 April, stated that the commemorating stamps may be sold at all Post Offices in the Territory until the 30 April, 2017 or until stocks are exhausted. It was also mentioned that the stamps will be sold at the Philatelic Bureau for a further period of six months.
Following the designated period, all unsold stamps will immediately be destroyed. Additionally, Cabinet ordered that following the expiration date every die or other implement used in connection with the issue of the stamps shall be destroyed as soon as possible after the cessation of sale.
Some of the photos to be used on the stamps include: A 1940 image of H,R,H, Princess after attending an official engagement. A photo of Queen Elizabeth II as she walks on a path during her Silver Jubilee year visit to Fiji in February of 1977. A photo of HM The Queen on a walkabout in the Seychelles in March 1972.
Another stamp will feature Queen Elizabeth II attending the Royal Variety Performance at the Birmingham Hippodrome on 29 November 1999, England. The stamps will also feature photographs taken for use during the Silver Wedding Celebrations in 1972.
Some of the stamp values are 20¢, 40¢, $1.00, and $2.00. Each stamp will feature the Queen’s head at the top left or right of each stamp.
Queen’s Birthday is Special
During a press conference that was held on 21 March the various activities to mark Her Majesty’s milestone celebration was announced.
While speaking at the event His Excellency, Governor John Duncan stated that the Queen’s birthday is a moment to celebrate the Territory’s link with the monarchy. “This is a special year for a special person… We will be the only Overseas Territory apart from the Falkland Islands allowed to do this (celebrate the Queen’s birthday on the actual day)…it is a special day for a very special person.”
Premier Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith explained that the Queen’s birthday is a reminder of the Monarchs role in linking the Territory to the United Kingdom. Hon. Smith said that the upcoming celebrations will highlight the important role Her Majesty has played for the Territory. “It is a relationship we have benefited from over the years…The birthday celebration is a time to reflect on relationship over the years, the Premier said.
Deputy Governor, V. Inez Archibald disclosed that the activities will also include celebrations for the 50 anniversary of the Queen’s visit. The celebration begins this week on Salt Island with the tradition salt handover for Her Majesty, and school visits.
On the actual birthday there will be a grand paramilitary parade and official ceremony. There will also be simultaneous beacon lighting ceremony on all islands. On Tortola the beacon lighting will take place at the Pier Park. Plans also include the publishing of a commemorative magazine, souvenir stamp, souvenir coin, essay competition, and commemorative license plate.
This year Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be celebrating her 90th Birthday. Traditionally, the Queen celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual birthday on 21 April and her official birthday on a Saturday in June.