The stamp marks 65 years since Princess Elizabeth became Queen
The stamp marks 65 years since Princess Elizabeth became Queen following the death of her father George VI on February 6, 1952.
Sapphire is the 65th anniversary gemstone and the stamp features the colour of the precious item.
Last year, the Royal Mail issued a series of 10 stamps to mark her 90th birthday, with Prince George featuring on a stamp for the first time.
The stamp features the colour of the precious 65th anniversary gemstone, sapphire
Her Majesty becomes first British monarch to reach the milestone date
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My whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service
Queen Elizabeth II
The Royal Mint is to mark the anniversary with Sapphire Jubilee uncirculated coins struck in a range of metals and denominations from a £5, £10 and £500 to a gold £1,000.
The recommended retail prices for the commemorative coins range from £13 for the brilliant un-circulated £5 piece to £49,995 for the £1,000 UK gold proof kilo coin – expensive but not to be the most valuable coin produced by the Royal Mint.
All the coins feature the Queen’s image in profile on the main side but the £5 range has the imperial state crown on the reverse, and an excerpt from Princess Elizabeth’s famous speech where she dedicates herself to her future role as Queen.
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It reads: “My whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service.”
Glyn Davies, designer of the £5 range, said: “I drew inspiration from the regalia associated with the Queen’s coronation.
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Photographs from the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II which took place on June 2 1953.
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Queen Elizabeth II poses with the royal sceptre 02 June 1953 after being crowned
“As opposed to many traditional designs, I’ve rotated the crown to make a feature of the Stuart sapphire.
“I have also included a quotation from Her Majesty’s 21st birthday speech, which makes the design more personal. I used computer-aided design to create the inscription, but sculpted elements of the crown in clay.”