Overall, seven stamps to be issued in 2012 to commemorate the event
OTTAWA, Jan. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - This morning, surrounded by approximately
50 children from two area schools, His Excellency the Right Honourable
David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, accompanied by the
Honourable Marjory LeBreton, Leader of the Government in the Senate,
and Deepak Chopra, President and CEO of Canada Post unveiled Canada's
postal tribute in honour of the Diamond Jubilee at the Museum of
Civilization, home to the National Postal Museum.
The official Diamond Jubilee stamp available today in all post offices
across the country features a cameo of a photograph of Her Majesty in
her royal robes and tiara, waving from the window of a carriage. Also
available today is the first of six Diamond Jubilee mini-panes of four
stamps issued as part of a limited edition keepsake folder. Each
keepsake folder—six in total, one for each ten-year period in The
Queen's reign—houses a mini-pane of four stamps, an informative booklet
pertaining to that period, plus a postcard featuring all the stamps
bearing Queen Elizabeth II's image issued during each respective
A final stamp issue will feature an engraved stamp with two portraits of
The Queen, a design inspired by the famous Canadian stamp issued, in
1897, for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. Collectors still speak
glowingly of the 1897 stamp.
"We have witnessed Her Majesty The Queen's wise leadership throughout
her remarkable 60-year reign," said His Excellency the Right Honourable
David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. "It is fitting that Canada
Post continues in the tradition of honouring Her Majesty The Queen with
these new stamps. It is a wonderful tribute."
"Canadians recognize not simply the importance of Her Majesty's position
in our constitutional monarchy, but the steadfast devotion she has
demonstrated over six decades," said Minister LeBreton. "These stamps
are a fitting tribute."
"Only once before, with Queen Victoria in 1897, have we had the
opportunity to celebrate a royal event as significant and historic as
Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee," said Deepak Chopra, President
and CEO of Canada Post. "We have created stamps that both celebrate and
Diamond Jubilee issues - except for the engraved stamp-were designed by
Gottschalk + Ash International and developed with the co-operation of
both Rideau Hall and Buckingham Palace, as were all stamp materials
bearing an image of The Queen.
Additional information and downloadable photos of these stamps can be
found at canadapost.ca/royal.
Image with caption: "Diamond Jubilee celebration begins at Canada Post (CNW Group/Canada Post)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120116_C4237_PHOTO_EN_8936.jpg
SOURCE Canada Post
For further information:
Brayden Akers, Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of State (Transport)