Saturday, May 7, 2016

HM The Queen’s 90th Birthday – Royal Mail First Day Cover

The newest Royal Mail First Day Cover is dedicated to HM The Queen’s 90th Birthday. On 21st April 2016 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 90th birthday. Queen of the UK and 15 Commonwealth nations, she is the epitome of duty and regal authority in public, while in private she is seldom happier than when surrounded by her family, preferably in a countryside location.

Like her favoured surroundings, The Queen’s interests and passions have changed little over the years. From childhood to the present day, dogs have been an ever-present feature of Her Majesty’s life. Welsh corgis are a particular favourite, as well as a dachshund corgi cross known as a ‘dorgi.’ Perhaps less well known is her skill at working the gundogs that are bred on her Sandringham estate, some of which have gone on to become champions.

Horses are another great passion. As well as being an accomplished rider since childhood. Her Majesty has for many years enjoyed success as an expert breeder of thoroughbred horses, with wins recorded in more than 1.300 races. In her Silver Jubilee year, Dunfermline, a bay filly, triumphed in two of the British Classics: The Oaks and St Leger Stakes. The Queen also derives great pleasure from the breeding of Highland and Shetland ponies at Balmoral and Fell ponies at Hampton Court. 

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