She might be ‘Her Majesty’ in the United Kingdom, but on the Isle of Man, Queen Elizabeth II rules as the Lord of Mann. And to commemorate her long and prosperous reign, the Isle of Man Post Office has produced a set of stamps in The Queen’s honour.
The eight stamps that make up the set depict important ceremonial occasions during Her Majesty’s 63-year reign.
The first significant event is, of course, Her Majesty’s coronation, which took place in Westminster Abbey in 1953. The
stamps that follow include the investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales at Caernarfon Castle in 1969, and her Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees, which were celebrated in 1977, 2002 and 2012 respectively.
Other ceremonial occasions portrayed on the stamp include Trooping the Colour, which is the celebration of The Queen’s official birthday, State Opening of the Parliament and Order of the Garter.
The details of the stamps are struck in a gold typeset. According to Lieutenant Governor Adam Wood, the issue “captures images through a long reign dedicated to service that will evoke many memories.”
The stamps are set to be issued on 18 June, with a mint set costing £6.76 and a first-day cover to be sold for £7.46.
The Hon Clare Christian MLC, President of Tynwald, spoke about the issue of stamps, saying: “Isle of Man Post Office is to be congratulated on bringing out this well-presented collection of stamps reflecting significant ceremonial and historic events during the distinguished 63 year reign of Her Majesty. Widely admired for the manner in which she carries out her duties, this is a fitting tribute to the continuing long service of Queen Elizabeth II Lord of Mann.”
The title of Lord of Mann for the ruler of the island nation was adopted during the reign of King George III. It has since been used in the same form, regardless of the gender of the Monarch – the only exception being Queen Victoria, who was styled as Lady of Mann during her reign.
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