Date: 25th February 2021
Isle of Man Post Office (IOMPO) is pleased to present six stamps in celebration of HM The Queen’s 95th birthday. To commemorate this milestone, IOMPO showcases key aspects of Her Majesty’s long reign since her accession in 1952 and pay tribute to HRH Prince Philip in this landmark issue. The issue text has been provided by author and TV personality Lady Colin Campbell.
The issue title ‘Devoted To Your Service’ is an extract from a speech during her first overseas tour in 1947. Addressing the Commonwealth on her 21st birthday, the Queen said: “I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong."
In addition to the stamp set there will a joint sheetlet available which is produced in collaboration with ten other postal administrations: Ascension Islands, Bahamas, British Antarctic Territory, British Virgin Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey, South Georgia & The South Sandwich Islands and Tristan Da Cunha. Each individual stamp collection ‘Devoted To Your Service’ by each of the eleven postal administrations has been created by expert stamp designer Andrew Robinson. The historic and postally unique joint sheetlet (print run 5000) unites the individual stamp collections from all eleven Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories by displaying one single stamp of each postal administration. The sheetlet will be available to pre-order on Commonwealth Day which this year will be celebrated on 8th March 2021.
Maxine Cannon, General Manager Isle of Man Stamps & Coins, said: “We are very pleased to present this wonderful stamp issue in tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Lord of Mann. She really has devoted her life to the service of her people both here on our Island and around the Commonwealth. Furthermore, we are honored to be able to congratulate Her Majesty on her upcoming 95th Birthday alongside ten fellow postal administrations. It’s our way of recognising and celebrating the values we all share through our common association with H M Queen Elizabeth II. We also would like to thank Lady Colin Campbell and Andrew Robinson for their support in the creation of this captivating stamp issue”
The ‘Devoted To Your Service’ collection will be issued on 26th February and is available as a Set and Sheet Set, Presentation Pack (limited to 2000) and First Day Cover (limited to 2750). As a Birthday special we will have a very limited edition of 95 envelopes signed by Lady Colin Campbell and postmarked on HM Birthday 21st April. For further information, please visit www.iompost.com/queen-95.