Published on April 21st, 2017 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw
Happy Birthday Ma’am
Her Majesty The Queen celebrates her 91st birthday today. After the major birthday celebrations last year, The Queen is having a quieter birthday this year.
The past year has been another momentous one for The Queen. She celebrated her 90th birthday last April which was marked by the release of this stunning The Queen’s 90th Birthday Brilliant Uncirculated £5 Coin.
In October 2016, following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Thailand, The Queen became the World’s Longest Reigning Monarch.
2017 has already seen Her Majesty reach another incredible landmark in the form of her Sapphire Jubilee, representing 65 years on the throne. Later this year on 20th November, The Queen and Prince Philip will celebrate their 70th/platinum wedding anniversary.
Two Birthdays for Her Majesty
As is custom for the Monarch, The Queen celebrates two birthdays each year. This tradition goes back to King George II in 1748 and is due to the good old British weather. The king’s actual birthday was in November. However, it was decided it was too cold for the King and his subjects to conduct a birthday parade at that time of year and so it was held in the Spring instead.
Today, marks The Queen’s actual birthday and she will be spending it privately with her family. However, there will be a 41-gun salute in her honour at Hyde Park. Her “official” birthday will be celebrated on Saturday 17th June with the Trooping of the Colour procession which The Queen will attend with other members of the Royal Family.
Stamping a Masterpiece
In celebration of The Queen’s 91st birthday, one man has made a stunning work of art. Peter Mason has used 30,009 stamps to create a 9 feet square portrait of Her Majesty.
The picture has taken Mason three months to complete. He has used a combination of English, Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish stamps. What a fitting tribute to a remarkable Sovereign.
Royal Collectibles at the Post Office Shop
If you are a collector of Royalty based collectibles and memorabilia, the Post Office Shop has an extensive coin and philatelic range for you to choose from. Covering Royal Weddings, Royal Births, Jubilees and Birthdays and many other prestigious events, each item is a wonderful addition to any collection.