Since her accession to the throne in 1952, Queen Elizabeth II has become one of the most familiar icons of Great Britain and the face of the modern monarchy. This lavish and fascinating volume illustrates her half-century reign and celebrates the reproduction of one of the twentieth-century's most recognizable images in stamps through the unparalleled philatelic collection of the British Library and the Royal Mail. A fully revised and expanded edition of the 2002 book, this volume presents over 250 beautifully reproduced images including every single design of the special stamps issued for royal occasions, plus those designed by members of the royal family themselves, providing an unsurpassed visual record of the illustrious monarch's life and times. Featuring recent events such as the death of the Queen Mother, the wedding of Charles and Camilla, the eightieth birthday of the Queen and the new Diamond Wedding stamps published for the celebrations of October 2007, this remarkable volume is an essential addition for anyone with an interest in stamps and their design, as well as those fascinated by the life of the royal family.
About the Author
Fay Sweet is a writer and broadcaster. Her productions include programs on the Royal Mail s special stamps, as well as numerous radio programs on architecture and design."