The Governor General of Canada, His Excellency The Right Honourable David Johnston issued the following media release today.
Governor General to Unveil Canada Post Stamp Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of Her Majesty’s Coronation
Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston, along with Deepak Chopra, President and CEO of Canada Post, will unveil a postage stamp commemorating the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, during a ceremony at Rideau Hall on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at 10 a.m.
She was crowned on June 2, 1953, at Westminster Abbey, after becoming Queen on February 6, 1952, upon the death of her father, King George VI.
The portrait featured on the stamp was painted by Canadian artist Phil Richards on the occasion of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee. This stamp issue continues Canada Post’s long history of commemorating The Queen with now 69 stamps issued during her 60-year reign. For more information, please visit www.canadapost.ca.
The portrait was officially unveiled by Her Majesty at Buckingham Palace on June 6, 2012. It is a contemporary representation of Her Majesty and a symbol of her presence in the governor general’s official residence and workplace. Now installed in the Ballroom at Rideau Hall, the public can view the portrait during tours and official events at the residence.
On September 24, 2012, Their Excellencies hosted a special screening of The Portrait, a National Film Board 40-minute short film, directed by Hubert Davis, documenting the work of Mr. Richards as he created the portrait. For more information about the documentary, visit www.nfb.ca.