On February 6, 1952, King George VI died peacefully in his sleep at Sandringham House. His eldest daughter, Princess Elizabeth, who was in Kenya at the time, was proclaimed queen at the age of 25.
To commemorate the event, Royal Mail today issued a new sapphire blue £5 high-denomination definitive, with an iridescent overprint featuring the legend “65th Anniversary of Accession.”
The stamp features the familiar bas-relief portrait by Arnold Machin.
Queen Elizabeth II is Great Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.
To mark the event, in addition to the stamp, Royal Mail is offering several commemorative covers, some which include a commemorative coin. For more information, visit www.royalmail.com/personal/stamps-collectibles-gifts.