Jubilee stamp tribute

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A set of stamps showing portraits of the Queen is to be issued to mark the 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne.

Royal Mail said the eight stamps use archive photographs of significant royal moments, including the Queen’s first Christmas broadcast in 1957, Trooping the Colour in 1967 and Golden Jubilee celebrations in 2002.

Moya Greene, chief executive of the Royal Mail, said: “The Diamond Jubilee, only the second in royal history, is a very important anniversary. The whole world’s attention will be drawn towards this special occasion.

“Royal Mail is honoured to have such an enduring relationship with the Queen. We are proud to mark the occasion by celebrating the official roles of the Queen with distinctive and memorable images, many of which have not been widely seen before.”