Stamps celebrate 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation

The General Post Office has issued its latest series of commemorative stamps celebrating the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, head of state of Belize and 16 other territories. Having taken over after the death of her father, King George VI, Elizabeth was formally enthroned more than a year later on June 2, 1953. Deputy Postmaster General James Gabriel explains the uniqueness of this latest series.

James Gabriel – Deputy Postmaster General:
vlcsnap-2013-04-25-20h06m25s51It is indeed a unique set of stamps.  If you look at the various values, which comes in the face value of a 25 cents stamp, a 60 cents stamp, a 75 cents, a five dollars, and a souvenir sheets for 10 dollars. What makes this set very unique is that on each one of these stamps you will see where it depicts when Her Majesty was only back the a Princess, Princess Elizabeth.  As years went by you see those reflections in the various values of the stamps. So you can have a set of stamps that depicts the Queen from the time she was a Princess up to the present.

Elizabeth II, who has twice visited Belize, is one of the longest serving monarchs in the United Kingdom and worldwide.  According to Gabriel the Post Office issues between 2 and 4 sets of commemorative stamps yearly, and they can be used like any other stamps for sending mail but more often are collected. For those who may want to know why the Queen is being honored instead of native Belizeans, Gabriel told us that Belizeans including the late George Price have been similarly honored. He describes the process of creating and issuing commemorative stamps.

James Gabriel – Deputy Postmaster General:
Anniversary  QueenIt is not strange for the Post Office to release two or three or four sets of these stamps in a given year. The way these stamps would unfold is that various organizations would submit in writing to the Postmaster General the interest that they would have in this specific topic.  Those correspondences would then be forwarded to the Stamp Advisory Board, and the Stamp Advisory Board would then make a decision as to which stamps would be produced.

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