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New Zealand Postal Services 2006 Issue
Illustration by Andrew Robinson, United Kingdom

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 80th Birthday

New Zealand Postal Service has issued a new stamp that has a postage value of $5.00 named "Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 80th Birthday" on the 21st of April 2006. The stamp is being issued to celebrate and honor Queen Elizabeth II on her 80th Birthday. She was born on the 21st April 1926. Her father was the Duke of York and her mother the Duchess, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. Five weeks after her birth she was christened Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor in the chapel at Buckingham Palace. She marry in 1947 to Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten (now His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh) and was Coronated Queen in 1952 after her fathers death. After a life time of achievements she is still a very active Head of State and continues to attend hundreds of public engagements every year.

The picture shown on the stamp was captured by photographer Julian Calder while the Queen was in a relaxed state. The stamp features a Foiled Border around the Queens image and is made of 99% pure silver. New Zealand Post will number the first 5000 sheets of 4 issued. This stamp issue is also part of a joint issue with Jersey Post. The mini-sheet contains a stamp from the New Zealand Post and a stamp being issued by the Jersey Post.

"Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 80th Birthday" stamp can be purchased as a single, Numbered sheet of 4, Sheet of 4, Mini-sheet, Presentation pack, or FDC. The size of each stamp is 37.5mm x 51mm with a perforation size of 13 per 2cm reference. The stamps will be printed by Cartor Security Printing, France using the Lithography and 99% pure silver foiling Printing process with 104gsm gummed paper.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 80th Birthday FDC

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 80th Birthday New Zealand/Jersey Mini-sheet



To order these stamps or to learn more go to http://stamps.nzpost.co.nz/Cultures/en-NZ/Stamps/ Use the Universal currency conversion tool at www.xe.com/ucc/convert.cgi to convert currency.

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