Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

May 06, 2013 14:58 ET

Media Advisory: Governor General to Unveil Canada Post Stamp Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of Her Majesty's Coronation

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 6, 2013) - Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston, along with Deepak Chopra, President and CEO of Canada Post, will unveil a postage stamp commemorating the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's coronation, during a ceremony at Rideau Hall on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at 10 a.m.

She was crowned on June 2, 1953, at Westminster Abbey, after becoming Queen on February 6, 1952, upon the death of her father, King George VI.

About the Stamp

The portrait featured on the stamp was painted by Canadian artist Phil Richards on the occasion of Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee. This stamp issue continues Canada Post's long history of commemorating The Queen with now 69 stamps issued during her 60-year reign. For more information, please visit

About the Portrait

The portrait was officially unveiled by Her Majesty at Buckingham Palace on June 6, 2012. It is a contemporary representation of Her Majesty and a symbol of her presence in the governor general's official residence and workplace. Now installed in the Ballroom at Rideau Hall, the public can view the portrait during tours and official events at the residence.

On September 24, 2012, Their Excellencies hosted a special screening of The Portrait, a National Film Board 40-minute short film, directed by Hubert Davis, documenting the work of Mr. Richards as he created the portrait. For more information about the documentary, visit

Media wishing to cover this event are asked to confirm their attendance with the Rideau Hall Press Office and must arrive at the Princess Anne Entrance no later than 9:45 a.m. on the day of the event.

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