Last year Her Majesty became Britain's longest reigning monarch and both as Princess and Queen she has presented the world with 90 Years of Style. To commemorate this great personality and to celebrate the 90th Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Bahamas Post released 4 stamps and a souvenir sheet.
StampNews.com invites our readers to congratulate Queen with the upcoming celebration by appreciating this great stamp issue that shows Her Majesty's unique Style and Chic.
Her Majesty celebrates two birthdays each year, her actual birthday and her official birthday on a Saturday in June. Official celebrations to mark a Sovereign's birthday have often been held on another day in the summer to ensure good weather for the 'Trooping the Colour' Parade, also known as the Birthday Parade.
The Queen usually spends her actual birthday privately, but as 2016 is such a milestone birthday The Queen and Members of the Royal Family will attend a pageant celebrating The Queen's life to be held at Home Park in Windsor Castle in May, a thanksgiving service held at St Paul's Cathedral on 10 June as well as the Queen's Birthday Parade on Horse Guards Parade on 11 June.
During the war and post war years when austerity and rationing lingered across the land she was famously thrifty, wearing hand-me-downs, her mother's re-worked clothes and off the peg outfits. One of her most famous outfits was of course the dress for her wedding in 1947. This wedding was perhaps the start of royal wedding fever, yet just like everyone else in 1947 the Princess Elizabeth had to fund the material for the dress with clothing ration coupons, although the Government kindly allowed her 200 extra coupons! Famously, people sent in their own coupons to help the Princess out, but they were sent back with a note of thanks as it was illegal for her to use them.
Happily times improved and mostly she has worn couture. The years of immaculate style demonstrate that whilst Her Majesty may not be interested in high fashion she is most certainly interested in clothes and impeccable style.
To this day the Queen remains the centre of attention wherever she goes and is subject to critical assessment every time she appears in public. The pressure of such scrutiny must be phenomenal yet there has never been a wardrobe malfunction nor a fashion faux pas. Her impeccable style has ensured her place as an icon of fashion.
15c stamp: The Queen arrives for a reception at the Banqueting Hall in London in 1965. Ray
50c stamp: The Queen in Bombay during the Royal Tour of India, January 1961.
65c stamp: The Queen arrives at the Empire Theatre Liverpool for the 2007 Royal Variety Performance. Pool/Tim Graham Royal Photos.
70c stamp: The Queen on a visit to Blois in France in 1992, wearing a pink and taupe outfit designed by fashion designer Ian Thomas with colour co-ordinated taupe shoes and accessories. Tim Graham.