Canada's Stamp Details (Vol. XV No 4; October to December 2006)Perhaps the most familiar of the Crown jewels is that dazzling royal smile. Her Majesty the Queen appears on a new domestic rate definitive in a delightful close-focus portrait that shows the great pleasure with which she still greets the public. The photo was taken during Her visit to Saskatchewan in 2005, while on Her 23rd trip to Canada. The warmth in Her face and the bright floral colours reflect the celebratory tone of that visit. "We try to find images of the Queen that are especially relevant to Canada," says Liz Wong, Manager of Stamp Design and Production. "This one is lovely, because she's really smiling."
While valued at the domestic rate, the stamp is non-denominated and bears a new icon, the letter "P" within a maple leaf. This icon indicates that the stamp is permanent™ and valid indefinitely. The stamp is available in self-adhesive booklets of 10.This year, on January 12th, 2009 Canada Post began issuing a new stamp portraying Queen Elizabeth II. Royal faces have often been a common stamp subject, and this PERMANENT-rate stamp continues in this long tradition. When stamps were first issued by Great Britain, a royal face had to grace its front. In fact, from 1840-1900, the only illustration allowed on a British stamp was the profile of Queen Victoria
Issued: Dec. 27, 2007In December 2007, Canada Post issued a new stamp featuring Queen Elizabeth II. The latest royal definitive is based on a photograph taken in Saskatoon during the 2005 Royal Visit to Canada.
As Queen of Canada, Her Majesty has a long and proud association with this country. In 1951, as Princess Elizabeth, she made her first visit to Canada; since her coronation in 1952, Queen Elizabeth has made more than 20 official visits here.
The 2005 Royal Visit covered nine days and included stops in Lumsden, Regina, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Calgary and Fort McMurray. A group of schoolchildren from Bjorkdale, Saskatchewan, eager to travel the more than 200 kilometres to Saskatoon for the visit, came up with a novel fundraising idea to help pay for their trip: they created a quilt bearing the Royal Cypher. The quilt is featured on the back of the official first day cover.
Designs for the stamp and first day cover are the work of Doreen Colonello of Gottschalk+Ash International. "The core of the design comes from a photograph taken by Ottawa's Headlight Inc. during the Royal Visit and given to me by the Department of Canadian Heritage," says Doreen Colonello. "I worked with a neutral abstract background that subtly complements and echoes the colour in the Queen's feathered hat and lovely jacket trim."
Over the years, many different likenesses of Queen Elizabeth II have appeared on Canadian stamps. In recent years, the images have been less formal and often portray the Queen as relaxed and engaging. The latest image, a PERMANENTTM domestic rate stamp, shows the Queen's genteel smile, as she enjoys her face-to-face meetings with Canadians.
Issued: Jan. 11, 2010
Canada Post’s definitive program wouldn’t be complete without a royal touch. This year, a lively photograph of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, taken during her most recent royal visit to Canada, graces a PERMANENT™ stamp.
“Canadians look forward to The Queen’s visits,” says Doreen Colonello, Associate Creative Director at Gottschalk+Ash International. “So we were delighted to feature a photograph of Her Majesty in her classic wave pose.”
The close-up photograph is shown before a vibrant sedum. “We strove to create a royal and serene backdrop for The Queen, choosing this plant for its radiating leaves and its subtle colour gradations,” explains Colonello. “Two blue curved transparent forms in the foreground echo the flower’s rays, and the play between the rays in the background and the transparency in the foreground surround The Queen with a sense of light and warmth.”The stamp will be cancelled in Jasper, Alberta, where the photograph featured on the stamp was taken.
Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia
Her Majesty acsended to the throne in 1952 after the death of Her father, King George VI.
Australia honoured the Queen of Australia with two stamps which were "local" stamps and could not be used for overseas letters unless the sender added more stamps to make up for the value added tax (in Australia called GST) to cover a 10 p.c. difference.
Beautifully designed by Jonathan Chong, the two stamps use historic and contemporary images to encompass the Queen’s reign.
The 45c stamp features a photograph taken of the Queen in the early years of her reign.
The $2.45 stamp features a contemporary photograph of Her Majesty greeting guests at the former Royal Palace on the first day of her state visit to Italy in 2000.