Published on April 20th, 2016 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw
The Queen’s 90th Birthday Coin
Her Majesty The Queen has celebrated many landmark moments during her long and eventful reign including becoming the Longest Reigning Monarch back in September 2015 when she overtook Queen Victoria, who reigned for 63 years (23,226 days, 16 hours and 23 minutes).
Both the coin and philatelic world will commemorate Her Majesty turning 90 on the 21st April when she will become the first British Monarch to reach such a landmark event.
2015 saw the first change in coinage portrait of the Queen for 17 years when a new effigy designed by Jody Clark was unveiled earlier that year to appear on both general circulation coins as well as collectible coins. The Queen carried out 306 engagements in the UK and 35 abroad last year leaving the younger Royals in her wake. Prince Harry, Prince William and Duchess Kate managed 198 domestic and 94 foreign engagements between them in the same year.
In addition, first class stamps had a royal makeover changing to the colour purple and featuring the text Long To Reign Over Us.
The Queen’s 90th Birthday £5 coin has been designed by acclaimed artist Christopher Hobbs. The inspiration behind the coin created is said to be the heraldic rose of England and The Queen’s own adoration of flowers. The roses, each one different from the other represent one for each decade of The Queens life. The design has an oval rather than circular form to give more space to the central lettering of EIIR and to add interest to the coin.
Events planned to mark The Queen’s 90th birthday
Whilst the Queen’s actual birthday is on 21st April, the celebrations to mark this milestone will last until June when it is her official birthday.
Today, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh started her birthday celebrations with a Royal Mail depot “party” day. She was presented with a bouquet of flowers by Bob Hartley, who has been a postman for 53 years and 5 months, making him Royal Mail’s longest-serving employee.
May represents the first of two major celebrations of the Queen’s birthday. The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration will be a 90 minute long extravaganza with 900 horses and more than 1,500 riders and performers. This will be something similar to the Diamond Jubilee horse pageant at Windsor in 2012. The event will be held every evening from 12-15th May with the Queen attending on the final evening.
On Friday 10th June, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will attend a National Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral. The following day, Her Majesty will be accompanied by members of the Royal Family who will attend The Queen’s Birthday Parade on Horse Guards Parade. The celebrations will be concluded on Sunday 12th June when The Queen will attend the Patron’s lunch.
Saturday 11th June is the date of this year’s Trooping the Colour, the official annual celebration of the Queen’s birthday. This event takes place at Horse Guards Parade behind Whitehall and is televised live by the BBC from 10am. The only balcony moment of the birthday celebrations to see the Queen will be at 1pm when she will appear to watch a fly-past.
In addition, The Mall will host a huge street party to mark the occasion when a classic British hamper lunch will be provided for around 10,000 charity workers. This will be the climax of the birthday celebrations on Sunday 12th June. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will take part in the event from a specially-built platform on the Queen Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace.
The past few years have seen The Queen and the Royal Family mark several momentous events. From Royal Weddings to Royal Births, Jubilees and Birthdays, there is a wide range of Royalty based collectibles and memorabilia available from the Post Office Shop.