Many hobbies are expensive, but few rival the staggering cost of the Queen’s stamp collection.
The 93-year-old monarch is an ardent collector: the royal collection, stored in vaults at St James’ Palace, is worth a staggering £100 million.
Included in the Queen’s collection is a Mauritian stamp valued at £2 million, which was showcased within an exhibition to celebrate the 93-year-old monarch’s Golden Jubilee in 2002.
It may be a costly hobby, but through her collecting the Queen has helped to ensure the continued popularity of stamps globally, George James, head of commonwealth at Stanley Gibbons, tells Yahoo UK.
Of course, the Queen herself features on a great many stamps. The iconic profile of the monarch that we’re all familiar with has remained the same for over 50 years, since it was last redesigned in 1967.
It shows the Queen facing left and wearing the Diamond Diadem: the elaborate crown she sports at least once a year, when travelling to the State Opening of Parliament.
It’s an image many are familiar with: after all, it’s thought to be the most reproduced work of art in history, with over 200 billion examples produced so far.
It’s not just the Queen who has appeared on stamps - numerous members of the Royal Family have. All of the key royal events, such as both Charles and Diana’s wedding and Harry and Meghan’s, are commemorated with stamps. In fact, royal wedding issues have proven to be some of the top sellers for companies such as Stanley Gibbons - the market leader in stamps.