HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II:
Even when printed in cool, wintry colours, her warm smile charms us still. Elizabeth II, Canada's head of state, appears on a new domestic rate (50¢) definitive in the same portrait as last year, based on a photograph taken by the Canadian rock musician Bryan Adams. In a quick, five-minute photo opportunity outside Buckingham Palace during the Queen's Golden Jubilee year, Adams took this informal portrait that captures, as he says, "a glimpse of the real person."
This year, the Queen appears in shades of slate blue, chosen as a deliberate contrast to last year's rose-brown, to ensure the stamps can be easily distinguished. "The challenge with this stamp was to create a colour distinction from last year, but in shades respectful of the Queen's image," says Danard. "Adams took the original photograph in black and white, so we tinted towards those tones with the blues."
Although the final image is monochromatic, it was printed with six -different colours. "This was done partly as a security measure," Danard says, "but also to produce depth and a more subtle tonal range in the image."
- Product #: 111165
- Layout: Booklet of 10 stamps
- Price: $5.00
- Denomination: 1 x 50¢
- Design: Gottschalk+Ash International
- Dimensions: 20 mm x 24 mm (vertical)
- Gum Type: Pressure sensitive
- Paper Type: Tullis Russell Coatings
- Perforations: Kiss cut
- Photographers: Bryan Adams
- Printer: Canadian Bank Note
- Printing Process: Lithography in 6 colours
- Tagging: Tagging
- Quantity: Continuous printing