Britain's longest-ever reigning monarch, Elizabeth turns 90 on 21 April. Her Majesty's eldest grandchild, Peter Phillips, has been organizing a bit of a do for his granny. Ten thousand people will have a street party in front of her house. To mark the 90th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen, acclaimed royal photographer Arthur Edwards MBE and Isle of Man Post Office have produced this set of eight stamps.
StampNews.com is thrilled to showcase the work of veteran royal photographer Arthur Edwards MBE in the year that Her Majesty the Queen celebrates her 90th birthday. We are very grateful to Arthur for his support of our stamp issue and hope the collection forms a fitting tribute to both photographer and subject on this landmark occasion.
With a career spanning almost forty years, Arthur has travelled the world as The Sun newspaper's royal photographer, taking some of the most well-known and intimate pictures of the Queen and the royal family at numerous locations in more than 100 countries.
His incredible journey has seen him cover the Queen's Silver, Golden and Diamond jubilees, four royal weddings, the births of Princes William and Harry at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London and, three decades later, Prince George and Princess Charlotte at the same hospital.
Arthur, the creator of "The Long To Reign Over Us" stamp issue, was born in 1940 and educated at St Bernard's Roman Catholic Grammar School, Stepney, London. His mother bought him his first camera, a Rolleiflex, for his 18th birthday after he told her that he wanted to be a photographer. In 2003 the Queen presented him with the prestigious MBE for outstanding service to newspapers.