Great Britain

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation ceremony was broadcast for the first time on television from Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953, allowing the general public to gain insight into what once was a more private affair. Her reign was marked by vast changes in both the monarchy and the United Kingdom’s power, despite the Queen taking a constitutional approach to national and Commonwealth matters and as such many rare Queen Elizabeth II stamps have been produced. The Error 1963 3d Red Cross stamp missing the red cross being one of the most valuable and rarest to find.

Even what would seem a fairly common British 4d stamps value can surprise you. For example, another Error, a 1965 4d Lister Centenary with brown-red(tube) omitted sells for as much as £6,750 in mint condition.

British stamps produced from 1952 onwards are especially interesting as during the 1950s and 1960s, the British Empire evolved into the Commonwealth of Nations, following a number of former colonies achieving independence from the Crown.

But, despite all the changes to the Monarchy, throughout her reign, Elizabeth continued to travel extensively, including symbolic visits to Germany and the Republic of Ireland in 2011 – the first of its kind by any Monarch since 1911.

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In 2019, the Queen made a rare intrusion into politics when she agreed to a request by Prime minister Boris Johnson to suspend Parliament less than three weeks before Britain’s planned departure from the European Union. Elizabeth continually modernised the monarchy, dropping many of its formalities and making royal sites and treasures more accessible to the public.