On September 9, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II became the longest reigning Sovereign in modern Canadian history. In celebration of this monumental achievement Canada Post released a permanent-rate stamp that was unveiled at Rideau Hall (Ottawa), alongside a commemorative coin and new twenty-dollar bill. The stamp commemorates “A HISTORIC REIGN / UN RÈGNE HISTORIQUE,” and as the designers of the stamp Entro’s Gerald Querubin and Doreen Colonello were pleased to be a part of such a momentous occasion.
The stamp design captures the historic length of the Queen’s reign through the combination of images past and present; the black and white photo by Yousuf Karsh of Her Majesty’s coronation in 1953, and the colour photo from Her 2010 Royal Tour of Canada (provided by the Department of Canadian Heritage). The historic image shows the Queen as monarch, in both dress and mannerism, paired with a recent colour image that pays tribute to the Queen as a vibrant, influential and current figure. The red and white within the design, including the Queen’s apparel, pay homage to Canada. The stamp was produced using four-colour lithography and a metallic silver ink, adding uniqueness to the Queen’s commemorative stamp.
Photo credit: Sgt Ronald Duchesne, Rideau Hall © Her Majesty The Queen in Right of Canada represented by the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, 2015.
Mention de source : Sgt Ronald Duchesne, Rideau Hall © Sa Majesté la Reine du Chef du Canada représentée par le Bureau du secrétaire du gouverneur général, 2015