Queen Elizabeth II's 60-year reign
To celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II's reign, the Cayman Islands Postal Service has created a four-stamp collection that depicts the Queen on her two visits to the Cayman Islands in 1983 and 1994 and other key moments. The four stamps are valued at 25¢, 80¢, $1 and $1.50 and include a First Day Cover. The 2012 Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee issue includes three photographs of her visits to the Islands by Lennon Christian and Cayman Free Press.
The Queen outside the Legislative Building, where she delivered the Throne Speech during her first visit to the Cayman Islands, 16-17 February 1983. During the visit, the Queen and Prince Philip toured Grand Cayman. Additionally, she officially opened the Queen’s Highway – a road that connects East End and North Side. The Royal Couple stayed at Transnational House on West Bay Road. Photo Courtesy of Cayman Free Press
Queen Elizabeth II at the garden party on the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London, in connection with the 50th anniversary of the Women's Services on 1 June 1967.
The Queen and Prince Philip arrive in George Town Harbour aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia, Saturday and Sunday, 26 -27 February 1994, as part of an eight-country Caribbean tour. During Queen’s Elizabeth II second visit, she knighted former Financial Secretary Vassel Johnson. She officially opened the Ed Bush Sports Complex in West Bay and Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park off Frank Sound Road. The Queen took the time to greet residents. Photo Courtesy of Lennon Christian
Queen Elizabeth II gives a wide smile for the crowd from her carriage as she leaves Westminster Abbey, London after her Coronation on 6 June 1953.
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The Queen and Prince Philip arrive at Owen Roberts International Airport on board a VC10 aircraft on 16 February 1983. Elected officials and top senior civil servants greet Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip as the Royal Couple exit the aircraft. Photo Courtesy of Cayman Free Press.
The history of anniversary gifts and their importance
While gifts may vary from country to country, some well-established connections are now common to most nations: 5th Wooden, 10th Tin, 15th Crystal, 20th China, 25th Silver, 30th Pearl, 40th Ruby, 50th Gold, 60th Diamond. The tradition may have originated in medieval Germany where, if a married couple lived to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their wedding, the wife was presented by her friends and neighbours with a silver wreath to congratulate them for the good fortune that had prolonged the lives of the couple for so many years. On celebration of the 50th, the wife received a wreath of gold. Over time, the number of symbols expanded and the German tradition came to assign gifts that had direct connections with each stage of married life. The symbols have changed over time. For example, in the United Kingdom, diamond was a well-known symbol for the 75th anniversary, but this changed to the now more common 60th anniversary, after Queen Victoria's 60 years on the throne was widely marked as her Diamond Jubilee.