Queen’s Birthday 2017
Release date: 4 April 2017
The 2017 Queen’s Birthday stamp issue celebrates the 91st birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
This year will also mark the 70th anniversary of the marriage of Princess Elizabeth and His Royal Highness Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, which took place on 20 November 1947 at Westminster Abbey, London. The wedding took place in front of 2,000 invited guests and was broadcast on radio to 200 million listeners worldwide. More than 2,500 wedding presents arrived from around the world as well as thousands of congratulatory telegrams.
In 2017, Her Majesty also celebrated her sapphire jubilee, which marks 65 years on the British throne. A prestige postal numismatic cover (PNC) has been released to commemorate this significant event.
The stamps were designed by Simone Sakinofsky of the Australia Post Design Studio.
$1 Queen Elizabeth II
In the photograph on the domestic rate stamp, Her Majesty is waving to the crowd during a visit to the Broadway Theatre, situated in the London borough of Barking and Dagenham. The visit was part of a day of public engagements with Prince Philip.
$2.95 Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip
The international rate double-definitive sized stamp features Her Majesty and Prince Philip, in recognition of their enduring relationship. In the stamp photograph, the couple are riding in the Royal Procession as part of Royal Ascot, an annual five-day horseracing event at Ascot Racecourse. The event is one of the most prestigious in the racing world, and Her Majesty has attended every one during her reign.
- First day cover (blank, gummed, minisheet)
- Stamp pack
- Booklet of 10
- Sheetlet of 5 ($2.95 stamp)
- Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee Prestige PNC
Issue date4 April 2017
FDI withdrawal date2 May 2017
Denominations1 x $1, 1 x $2.95
Stamp designSimone Sakinofsky
Product designSimone Sakinofsky
Paper (gummed)Tullis Russell Red Phos
Paper (self-adhesive)Avery B100
Printing processOffset lithography
Stamp size26mm x 37.5mm, 52mm x 37.5mm
Minisheet size125mm x 70mm
Perforations14.6 x 13.86
Sheet layoutModules of 50.
FDI postmarkElizabeth, SA 5112
Issue withdrawal date31 October 2017