On 21 April 2016 Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 90th birthday. This special stamp issue paid tribute to the longevity of her life and reign.
As Niue has a free association with New Zealand and Niueans are New Zealand citizens, Queen Elizabeth II is Niue’s head of state. Queen Elizabeth II was born Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary to the Duke and Duchess of York (later King George VI and the Queen Mother) on 21 April 1926 and has been Queen of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth realms since 6 February 1952.
This regal two-stamp issue featured a photograph of Queen Elizabeth II on each stamp - one of Her Majesty as a baby and the other a more recent photo taken in March 2016.
Collectables Fit for a Queen
As well as the two stamps there was a miniature sheet, a first day cover and a miniature sheet first day cover. The two first day covers in the issue featured photographs of Queen Elizabeth II from two of her visits to New Zealand.
Product Listing for Niue - 90th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II
|Date of issue:||4 May 2016|
|Number of stamps:||Two gummed stamps|
|Stamps, miniature sheet and first day covers designed by:||Jonathan Gray, New Zealand Post, Wellington, New Zealand|
|Printer and process:||Collectables and Solutions Centre, New Zealand Post, Whanganui,
|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|
|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:||These stamps remained on sale until 3 May 2017.|