Tokelau - 90th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II

As Tokelau is a territory of New Zealand, Queen Elizabeth II is Tokelau’s head of state. On 21 April 2016 the Queen celebrated her 90th birthday, making for another incredible milestone in her extensive reign. This four­stamp issue pays tribute to the life and reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 

Issue information

Queen Elizabeth II was born on 21 April 1926 and has been Queen of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth realms since 6 February 1952. During her reign she has achieved a number of incredible milestones, including being the longest-lived sovereign in history since turning 81 in 2007 and becoming Britain’s longest-reigning monarch in 2015.

This special four-stamp issue shows photographs of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II from throughout her life and reign and is a fitting tribute to this royal icon.

45c stamp
Queen Elizabeth II was born Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary to the then Duke and Duchess of York. She was the elder of two children and was born third in line to the throne. Her two middle names came from her paternal great-grandmother, Queen Alexandra, and paternal grandmother, Queen Mary.

$1.40 stamp
Princess Elizabeth married Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on 20 November 1947 and they welcomed their first child, Prince Charles, on 14 November 1948. They went on to have three more children together: Anne, Princess Royal on 15 August 1950, Prince Andrew on 19 February 1960 and Prince Edward on 10 March 1964.

$2.00 stamp
Elizabeth and Philip first met in 1934, but after a meeting in 1939, Elizabeth stated, she fell in love with Philip and they proceeded to exchange letters. They became officially engaged on 9 July 1947. Having been married for nearly 70 years, Queen Elizabeth II has been married for longer than any previous monarch, with the previous record of 57 years held by King George III and Queen Charlotte.

$3.00 stamp
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has had a truly impressive reign. In 2015 she became Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, beating the previous record set by her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria. She celebrated her diamond wedding anniversary in 2007 and her diamond jubilee in 2012 and remains popular to this day.

Royal collectables to treasure
Included in this regal stamp issue is a set of two first day covers that are a must-have for any Tokelau or royal stamp collection. Both covers feature photographs of Queen Elizabeth; one of her as a young girl and one of her from 1975. If you place the covers side by side, it seems as if the young princess is looking up to the older version of herself.

Technical information

Date of issue: 4 May 2016
Number of stamps: Set of four gummed stamps
Denominations: 45c, $1.40, $2.00 and $3.00
Stamps and first day covers designed by:  Hannah Stancliffe­White, New Zealand Post, Wellington, New Zealand.
Printer: Collectables and Solutions Centre, New Zealand Post, Whanganui, New Zealand.
Number of colours: Four process colours
Stamp size and format: 30mm x 40mm (vertical)
Paper type: Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper
Number of stamps per sheet: 16
Perforation gauge: 14
Special blocks: Plate/Imprint blocks may be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet.
Barcode blocks are available in A and B formats.
Period of sale: Unless stocks are exhausted earlier, these stamps will remain on sale until 3 May 2017.