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Stamps - Trooping the colour 1954 Gold Coast , Ghana

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Years of issue: 01.03.1954
Signatures: no signature
Serie: No Serie
Specimen of: 01.03.1954
Material: Paper
Size (mm): 34 x 26
Printer: Bradbury, Wilkinson & Company Limited, New Malden

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Stamps - Trooping the colour 1954 Gold Coast




Stamps - Trooping the colour 1954 Gold Coast

HM The Queen Elizabeth II

The original photograph, on which the engraving is based, was an official portrait taken around 1952 by Dorothy Wilding, in Buckingham palace.

HM The Queen Elizabeth II.

This early portrait of The Queen is believed to have been adapted from one of the photographs of Her Majesty, taken shortly after the death of her father in 1952. However, it is possible that this portrait was taken slightly earlier than some of the other portraits by Dorothy Wilding, which are described below, possibly before the death of her father. The portrait appears to have been taken specifically for coins and postage stamps, which traditionally show the profile of the monarch. However, some banknote designs by Thomas De La Rue had previously used the profiles of King George V and King George VI, and the profile of Her Majesty was required to continue the use of these designs.

This portrait depicts Queen Elizabeth in an evening dress, wearing a diamond necklace and simple pearl earrings.

South African Necklace and Bracelet

The diamond necklace was presented to Elizabeth in April 1947, while she was still a princess, as a gift from the people of South Africa. The necklace was originally constructed with twenty-one large diamonds, connected by links that contained two small brilliant-cut diamonds mounted to either side of a baguette diamond. Shortly after Elizabeth ascended the throne, she had the necklace shortened to fifteen large stones, with the remaining stones being made into a matching bracelet. The necklace worn in this portrait is the longer version yet. (From Her Majesty's Jewel Vault)

On the video: Trooping the colour in UK, 1956.

An annual parade to celebrate the birthday of a king or queen, Trooping the Colour.

The tradition of the parade goes back to King George II, who in 1748 combined the annual summer military march with his birthday celebration, even though he was born in October. Since then, the reigning monarch has had the opportunity to celebrate his official birthday in the summer.

As early as the 1700s, various regiments displayed their flags so that all troops recognized their colors during battle. Hence the literal meaning "collection of flowers" or "parade of flowers" in the meaning of flags.

During the parade, the king or queen watches their troops.

A key part of the Trooping the Color tradition is the appearance of the royal family on the balcony. While members of the royal family occasionally gather on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on the occasion of a birthday, Trooping the Color is the only event that is guaranteed to bring together all the first persons of the monarchy.


Stamps - Trooping the colour 1954 Gold Coast

Uniface (white).


The stamps were issued by the Colony of the Gold Coast. This British colony, on the coast of the Gulf of Guinea, in West Africa, existed from 1821 to 1957, which later became the independent state of Ghana, in 1957.

There is an overprint on the stamps - Independence of Ghana, March 6, 1957!

There are 60 stamps in a sheet of 2 shillings, the price of the whole sheet was 120 shillings or 6 pounds.