On November 26, 2019, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II visited The Royal Philatelic Society London (RPSL) to open a new building in the City of London on its 150th Anniversary.
The Royal Philatelic Society London is the oldest philatelic Society in the world, established 1869 as The Philatelic Society, London.Embed from Getty Images
Queen Elizabeth II was welcomed by Richard Stock, President of the Royal Philatelic society.Embed from Getty Images
For the royal engagemet Her Majesty wore green coat with matching dress and hat by Angela Kelly, diamond and pearl stud earrings, classic three strand pearl necklace, round emerald and diamond brooch, and Launer bag.Embed from Getty Images
Queen Elizabeth II, who is the current patron of the Society, unveiled a plaque to inaugurate the new headquarters of the Royal Philatelic Society.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
Afterwards, The Queen met young philatelists, architects of the new building, administration staff and supporters of the society.
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Her Majesty also saw displays of various different stamps, newspapers and books.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
Queen Elizabeth II was shown stamps of previous British monarchs.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
The Queen saw displays of various different stamps, books and periodicals.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) November 26, 2019
Her Majesty also met young philatelists and volunteers. pic.twitter.com/Oj7hzrhjla
Philately is the study of stamps and postal history and other related items. The society aims to promote the science and practice of the study of stamps, as well as maintain collections of stamps.Embed from Getty Images
The Queen was shown documents during her visit.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
Among some of the artefacts Her Majesty was shown were letters written by her grandfather King George VI, who was a notable stamp collector.Embed from Getty Images
Before leaving, Queen Elizabeth II signed the “Sesquicentenary History” book.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
In the archive image below The Queen visited the Society 50 years ago and viewed its collection. King George V’s personal stamp collection forms the foundation of what is today The Royal Philately Collection.
On the day The Queen visited The Royal Philatelic Society, The Royal Family shared archive photographs featuring members of The Royal Family.
These photographs taken by Dorothy Wilding, of Her Majesty in 1952, were used as the basis of The Queen’s image on postage stamps from 1953 until 1971.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) November 26, 2019
In two sittings, photographer Wilding took 59 images of The Queen.
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? Special stamps have been produced featuring The Queen, including for Her Majesty’s 80th Birthday in 2006 and The 60th Anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation in 2013. pic.twitter.com/LIr2MSWt6Y— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) November 26, 2019
King George V’s reign saw the first commemorative stamps in 1924, since then special stamps have been used to mark many national events and anniversaries.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) November 26, 2019
? King George VI and Queen Elizabeth’s Silver Wedding Anniversary in 1948. pic.twitter.com/8lZyqpipcc
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