HM Queen Elizabeth II is Head of State of the United Kingdom and fifteen other Commonwealth realms. She has reigned through more than sixty years of enormous social change and development. Beautiful stamps are issued by various countries to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II 90th Birthday and Pitcairn Islands Post is not an exception.
StampNews.com is glad to introduce to our readers' attention four bright special stamps released on this occasion by Pitcairn Islands Post.
The Queen Elizabeth II was born at 2:40am on 21 April 1926 in London to the Duke and Duchess of York, later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, and was the elder of their two daughters.
The 90th birthday follows a large number of milestones for the Queen who became the longest-reigning British monarch on 9 September 2015 when she surpassed the reign of her great great grandmother Queen Victoria. These have included:
- The Queen's Silver Jubilee, 1977, celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of The Queen's accession on 6 February 1952.
- Golden Jubilee – an exciting calendar of events took place in 2002 to celebrate fifty years of The Queen's reign.
- The Queen’ 80th birthday was celebrated in style in 2006.
- Diamond Wedding Anniversary – the Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on 20 November 2007.
- The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, 2012 – this multinational celebration throughout 2012 marked the 60th anniversary of the accession.
- Royal Jubilees celebrate significant periods in monarchs' reigns and the national life. Few British monarchs have achieved reigns of 50 years, and Golden Jubilees are very rare.
There are few records of how – if at all – Henry III, Edward III and James VI celebrated their 50-year milestones. The first British monarch to mark 50 years on the throne in a significant way was George III, followed by Queen Victoria.
Planned celebrations for the Queen's 90th official birthday over May and June 2016 include a pageant celebrating The Queen's life to be held in Windsor Castle; a National Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul's Cathedral; The Queen's Birthday Trooping the Colour Parade on Horse Guards Parade and a Patron's Lunch which is a celebration of Her Majesty's patronage of over 600 organizations in the UK and around the Commonwealth since 1952.