20 April 2016

The Queen Celebrates a (Royal Mail) Milestone

The Queen in Windsor (Photo: Arthur Edwards - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The day before her 90th birthday, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom was out and about in Windsor, where she officially opened the new Alexandra Bandstand and marked the 500th anniversary of the Royal Mail delivery service.

Photo: Arthur Edwards - WPA Pool/Getty Images

For the occasion, the Queen wore one of her newer diamond floral brooches. She's been seen out in the piece a few times in the past few years, and some have guessed that it was a Diamond Jubilee present. The close-up image above shows that the piece features two five-petaled Tudor roses, plus one diamond bud, surrounded by leaves.

Photo: Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images

The Queen's visit to the Royal Mail coincides with the 500th anniversary of their delivery service; it also gave photographers a chance to capture the Queen in front of the new set of stamps that have been released to celebrate her 90th birthday.

Photo: Ranald Mackechnie/Royal Mail/Getty Images

Here's a look at the four generations stamp set released yesterday, including an adorable, grinning Prince George. (Jewelry note: the Queen chose her mother's Courtauld Thomson Scallop-Shell Brooch for the portrait!)