The Royal Mail has printed eight individual new stamps celebrating the Diamond Jubilee which feature portraits of the Queen throughout her 60-year reign.

The eight adhesive labels highlight some of the most memorable moments during her 60 year reign, images of The Queen performing her official duties both at home in the UK and on the world stage.

The images include the Queen’s first Christmas broadcast in 1957, trooping the colour in 1967 and celebrations of her golden jubilee in 2002.

According to Royal Mail press release, “This is the third and final stamp issue in 2012 to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The first was the house of Windsor and Saxe-Coburg-Gotha issue issued on 2 February. The second was the diamond jubilee definitive sheet, issued on 6 February; the same day the queen ascended the throne in 1952.

”The queen’s 25th, 40th and 50th jubilees were also marked with special stamp issues – an illustration of the queen and the royal cypher in 1977, a combination of public and private portraits in 1992, and black and white portrait images for the golden jubilee in 2002.”

Speaking on the stamp release, Moya Greene, chief executive of Royal Mail, said: “The Diamond Jubilee, only the second in Royal history, is a very important anniversary. The world’s attention will be drawn towards this special occasion.

“Royal Mail is honoured to have such an enduring relationship with the Queen. We are proud to mark the occasion by celebrating the official roles of the Queen with distinctive and memorable images, many of which have not been widely seen before. The stamps chart the Queen’s reign across the six decades and highlight her unwavering commitment to national duty.”

On a side note, when I went to mail a few letters yesterday the mailbox was full! Is this a sign that people really are sending more mail?

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