Stamp collectors and royal aficionados alike will probably want to get their paws on the latest Canadian stamp, which features a brand new portrait of a very familiar face indeed.
Recognize those kind eyes? They belong to the one one and only Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, a monarch who is no stranger to the having her face plastered on Canadian stamps. In fact, we’d probably be a little tired of this trend, given that it’s just the latest in a long line of portraits, but it does differ in the fact that it hones in on one of her most notable features: those royal peepers.
The black-and-white portrait was taken by British fashion photog David Bailey on her 88th birthday back in 2014, and is meant to capture what Bailey describes as The Queen’s “very kind eyes.” Don’t let them completely fool you though — the photographer was quick to add that he also captured their “mischievous glint.”
Oh yeah — we totally imagine tea time getting quite crazy around Buckingham Palace when The Queen gets up to those mischievous antics.
Anyhow, if the Queen isn’t your thing (she has been featured on more than 60 stamps issued by Canada Post over the years and all), there are some other new issues for collectors to look out for too. As of today, five stamps featuring Canadian UNESCO World Heritage Sites have been released: Old Town Lunenburg in Nova Scotia, SGang Gwaay in British Columbia, the Rideau Canal in Ottawa, the Landscape of Grand Pré (also in Nova Scotia), and the Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump in Alberta.