Diamond Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II
Diamond Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II

2012 marks the 60th Anniversary of H M Queen Elizabeth’s accession to the throne, following the death of her father, George VI on 6th February 1952. The first Diamond Jubilee celebrated in the UK was that of Queen Victoria in 1897. 
Diamond Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II stamp strip
The actual 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s accession occurred on 6th February 2012 however the United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries will celebrate her Diamond Jubilee between the 2nd June and 5th June 2012.  An extra bank holiday in Britain will result in a four-day holiday in honour of the Jubilee, coinciding with the Queen’s official birthday in the United Kingdom.
The special occasion will be marked by many celebrations including:

•    Jubilee Beacons - to mark the anniversary, the lighting of 2,012 beacons across the Commonwealth is planned.

•    Thames flotilla - known as the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, this will be a maritime parade of 1,000 boats, the largest flotilla to be seen on the river in 350 years.Diamond Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II logo The pageant and related events along the River Thames are expected to attract some one million people.

•    A Buckingham Palace concert will be preceded by an afternoon picnic in the palace gardens for 10,000 ticket holders The concert will feature variety acts representing each decade of the Queen's 60 year reign.

 •    Other activities include a Thanksgiving Service, Carriage Procession, an equine pageant at Windsor Castle and thousands of street parties.

•    Aside from the ‘official’ celebrations, plenty of different activities will be happening across the UK and the Commonwealth.

 The logo - emblem for the Diamond Jubilee was selected through a contest held by the BBC children's programme Blue Peter. The winning design, announced in February 2011, was created by ten-year-old Katherine Dewar.

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Message

 “Today, as I mark 60 years as your Queen, I am writing to thank you for the wonderful support and encouragement that you have given to me and Prince Philip over these years and to tell you how deeply moved we have been to receive so many kind messages about the Diamond Jubilee.
In this special year, as I dedicate myself anew to your service, I hope we will all be reminded of the power of togetherness and the convening strength of family, friendship and good neighbourliness, examples of which I have been fortunate to see throughout my reign and which my family and I look forward to seeing in many forms as we travel throughout the United Kingdom and the wider Commonwealth. 
I hope also that this Jubilee year will be a time to give thanks for the great advances that have been made since 1952 and to look forward to the future with clear head and warm heart as we join together in our celebrations.
I send my sincere good wishes to you all”.

Diamond Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II FDC

Diamond Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II
Please Note: All prices are in New Zealand Dollars
Stamp strip with 2 stamps $7.20
First Day Cover with stamp strip $8.70
Full Sheet - 8 strips for price of 7 $50.40
Gutter pair $14.40

Technical Details

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Printer: Southern Colour Print, Dunedin, New Zealand
Process: Offset Litho
Stamp size: 42.4 mm x 37.5 mm
Sheet Format: 8 x stamp strips (2 single vertical stamps with central tab)
Perforation Gauge: 14.40 x 14.615
Denominations: Stamps $2.80 and $4.40
Paper: 104gsm Tullis Russell non phosphor stamp paper
Period of Sale:
1 June 2012 for a period of 2 years