The Accession of Queen Victoria

On June 20, 1837, King William IV of the United Kingdom died at the age of 71 and Victoria began her nearly 64-year reign as queen. She had turned 18 years old less than a month before. Born Alexandrina Victoria on May 24, 1819, she was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland until her death on January 22, 1901. From May 1, … Continue reading The Accession of Queen Victoria

Fiji #145 (1953)

The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II as monarch of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan and Ceylon took place on June 2, 1953, at Westminster Abbey in London, England. Elizabeth ascended the throne at the age of 25, upon the death of her father, King George VI, on February 6, 1952, and was proclaimed queen by her various privy and executive … Continue reading The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

Isle of Man #553B (1994)

Isle of Man #553B (1994)

The Isle of Man (Ellan Vannin), also known simply as Mann, is a self-governing crown dependency located in the middle of the northern Irish Sea, almost equidistant from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland (closest), and Wales (farthest). It is 32 miles (52 kilometers) long and, at its widest point, 14 miles (22 kilometers) wide with an area of 221 square miles (572 square kilometers). Besides the … Continue reading Isle of Man #553B (1994)

Guernsey #32 (1970)

Guernsey #32 (1970)

The Bailiwick of Guernsey is one of three Crown dependencies of the United Kingdom. Separated from the Dukedom and Duchy of Normandy by and under the terms of the Treaty (or Peace) of Le Goulet in 1204, the Bailiwick comprises the inhabited islands of Alderney, Guernsey, Herm, Jethou, Lihou, and Sark together with many small islets and rocks situated around 49°35′N 2°20′W. in the English Channel. … Continue reading Guernsey #32 (1970)

Great Britain #578 (1969)

Great Britain #578 (1969)

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (U.K.) or Britain, is a sovereign country in western Europe. Lying off the north-western coast of the European mainland, it includes the island of Great Britain (the name of which is applied to the whole country by most stamp catalogues), the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland, and many … Continue reading Great Britain #578 (1969)