Born on 21st April 1926 in a relatively modern house in Burton Street, Mayfair, to Prince Albert and Lady Elizabeth , the Duke and Duchess of York, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary's life seemed set to be one of simple family pleasures and horse riding. However, all this changed when King George V, Elizabeth's beloved Grampa died in 1936. Before the year was out, his successor Edward VIII had abdicated and Elizabeth's father, George VI, was on the throne and Elizabeth was first in line.
Her public duties began almost immediately and in 1940 the fourteen year old princess made her first of many hundreds of public speeches when she spoke to reassure the children of Britain during the Blitz. Five years later, when she slipped out to join the crowds in Trafalgar Square to celebrate V.E. Day, it gave an early indication of the huge pleasure that the Queen would gain and give from meeting ordinary people.
This wonderful desire to connect with her subjects and to celebrate together the milestones of life was nowhere more evident than at her coronation, following her father's death in 1952.
Over the last ninety years, the nation has celebrated the more personal moments of the Queen's life: from her birth to her marriage to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in 1947 and their Diamond wedding anniversary in 2007: the births of their four children - Prince Charles in 1948, Princess Anne in 1950, Prince Andrew in 1960 and Prince Edward in 1964.
As the Queen marks her ninetieth birthday, both privately in April and publicly in June, the nation celebrates decades gloriously accomplished with this beautifully designed set of coins. Since 1953, the Queen's image has adorned British coinage in a handsome series of instantly recognisable portraits that mark her passage through the years and an exceptional sixty-four years on the throne.
For twelve of those years from 1985 to 1997, a stunning 'regal and ageless' portrait of Her Majesty, created by master sculptor Raphael Maklouf shone from the face of every British coin.
To mark this significant milestone, Raphael Maklouf, master sculptor, has poured his skill and artistry into an exquisite new effigy of the Queen created in honour of her ninetieth birthday, this stunning new effigy is exclusively available at The London Mint Office.
We are now giving our valued readers the opportunity to commemorate this milestone, so please do not hesitate to contact our customer care team free of charge on 0808 178 2372 or online HERE to find out more information.
By Helen Thomas
Source: London Mint Office