Her Majesty the Queen – 90th Birthday
The Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI) will today be joining the United Kingdom, Commonwealth countries and UK overseas territories in celebrating the 90th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by lighting a Beacon on South Georgia. GSGSSI wish Her Majesty a very happy birthday.
Those working on South Georgia, comprising Government representatives and British Antarctic Survey, will congregate at King Edward Point for the youngest person to light the Beacon on Thursday evening. Overlooking the highest mountain on South Georgia, Mount Paget, and in the company of King penguins and fur seals they will drink a toast to Her Majesty to mark this occasion.
Government Officer Simon Browning said:
“This is will be one of the most remote beacons lit and a fantastic way to celebrate The Queens 90th Birthday, bring all the people on station together and thinking about our friends and family attending similar events thousands of miles away at home”.
To commemorate this event GSGSSI has today released a set of four stamps and souvenir sheet which showcase “90 Years of Style”, depicting Her Majesty’s impeccable style across the years.
The 70 pence stamp features The Queen at the Badmington Horse Trials 1968. The 80 pence stamp feature The Queen leaving a banquet during her Commonwealth visit to Australia, 1954.
On the 90 pence stamp The Queen wears a slim-fitting white lace dress to a garden party in Sydney, Australia, before leaving for Tasmania on the liner ‘SS Gothic’, February 1954. The £1.25 stamp features The Queen leaving the Christmas Day Service at Sandringham Church in 2014.
The two images on the Souvenir Sheet depict The Queen at Ascot Racecourse in 2014 and The Queen during the Badminton Horse Trials in Gloucestershire in 1968.
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