Norvic Philatelics - GB New Stamps and Special Postmarks

HM The Queen: Sixty Years of Royal Portraits  - 30 May 2013

In June 2013 Her Majesty will mark 60 years since the Coronation.

Royal Mail are marking the anniversary with a set of 6 stamps showing different portraits of Her Majesty the Queen.  The Queen’s Coronation took place on 2 June 1953 following her accession on 6 February 1952. The coronation of the new Sovereign follows several months after his or her accession, following a period of mourning and as a result of the enormous amount of preparation required to organise the ceremony.

The coronation ceremony has remained essentially the same over a thousand years. For the last 900 years, the ceremony has taken place at Westminster Abbey, London. The service is conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, whose task this has almost always been since the Norman Conquest in 1066. The coronation is an occasion for pageantry and celebration, but it is also a solemn religious ceremony. During the ceremony, the Sovereign takes the coronation oath, although the form and wording have varied over the centuries.

Three stamps showing portraits of HM Queen Elizabeth II. Three stamps showing portraits of HM Queen Elizabeth II.

2nd class study for The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II by Terence Cuneo, 1953 © Royal Collection Trust/All rights reserved.

78p portrait by Andrew Festing, 1999 © Royal Hospital Chelsea.

88p portrait by Pietro Annigoni, 1955, Camera Press London/The Bridgeman Art Library.

£1.28 portrait by Sergei Pavlenko, 2000 © The Drapers’ Company.

£1.88 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Richard Stone, 1992 © Richard Stone (presented to Colchester Borough Council by the artist).

Let me know
when this
page changes

it's private
powered by

Technical details:

The designs are by Atelier Works, and the 27 x 37mm stamps are printed in gravure by Walsall Security Printers, in sheets of 25/50, perf 14 x 14.

Products available from Royal Mail:

Mint set --  Presentation Pack  -- Set on PO FDC
Set of 6 Stamp Cards -- Commemorative Document -- Coin Covers (standard, silver proof, gold proof)

Special Postmarks
Postmarks available for the day of issue will be shown here, these may not be to scale. These postmarks cannot be obtained after the date of issue.

Tallents House FD postmark.
London SW1 official first day postmark. Non-pictorial London SW1 first day of issue postmark.
Postmark showing crown and shield. London SW1 postmark.
Ref FD1314TH
Philatelic Bureau Official Postmark
Ref FD1314PL
London SW1 Official Postmark
Ref FD1314NP London SW1 non-pictorial postmark. Ref L12860 60th Anniversary of the Coronation London Ref L12862 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II London SW1
Coronation throne postmark.
Postmark showing State Coach used for Coronations.
Postmark showing Buckingham Palace. Postmark showing crown and sceptre.
Postmark showing Windsor Castle.
Ref L12858 60 Years Since the Coronation, London SW1
Ref M12864
Coronation Rd Birmingham
Ref L4666
Buckingham Palace, London SW
Ref L12879 60 years, Westminster, London
Ref L4680 Windsor Castle
Postmark showing Windsor Castle.
<<<  Ref L12880
60 years Windsor, Berkshire
blank blank blank

If you would like to know when this page is updated, please use the ChangeDetection panel next to the stamp images.

If you have any questions about these stamps please email us.
NB: all emails should be acknowledged in 1-2 days unless the office is closed. If you do not receive an acknowledgement please email us from a different address (eg hotmail, gmail).

This page updated 5 June 2013

Keep up to date on our blog
Home Page and index for 2013
Visit our online shop!

Norvic Philatelics, PO Box 119, Dereham, NR20 3YN, GB.
UK Phone: 08450 090939 -- Skype:ian.billings-norvic

Instant Printing Prices from Webmart