19 April 2016

90th Birthday Commemorative Stamps, and a New Portrait

A commemorative stamp for Her Majesty's 90th birthday, featuring a special family portrait, has been released.
Ranald Mackechnie/Royal Mail
Nothing like a four generation portrait to mark a grand occasion! The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge, and Prince George posed for photographer Ranald Mackechnie in summer 2015 in the White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace. The portrait was taken for a set of commemorative stamps from the Royal Mail, hence why Prince George is standing on some foam blocks above. That's a little behind the scenes look at what it took to get everybody lined up just right:  
Royal Mail
The Telegraph has a fascinating look into the secret shoot and the precision the required by the photographer.

The coordination is perfect, not only in their matched blue clothes, but in the jewels. This is technically a four generation portrait of current and future monarchs, but The Queen stretched it to five generations by selecting a favorite brooch of her late mother's, the Queen Mother's Shell Brooch. A touching gesture, and just what The Queen does best.

The Royal Mail have released a full range of official stamps for the big birthday:
Royal Mail

You can purchase the stamps here online.

The Queen is in fact due to visit the Royal Mail Windsor on Wednesday, to mark the 500th anniversary of the Postal Service.