Who Will Inherit the Queen’s £100 Million Stamp Collection When She Dies?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Queen Elizabeth II  in 2016

Queen Elizabeth II is understood for her love of racehorses, breeding canine (she as soon as broke royal protocol to honor her Corgis), and indulging every day in a slice of chocolate cake. But what some could not know in regards to the queen is that she’s a giant stamp collector. In truth, she owns a significantly spectacular stamp assortment specialists say is value £100 million, in line with The Telegraph. Keep studying to study extra about her stamp assortment and who will possible inherit it upon her demise. 

Queen Elizabeth II  in 2016
Queen Elizabeth II | Samir Hussein/WireImage

What is the Royal Philatelic Collection?

As the royal household’s web site says, philately is the examine of stamps. The Royal Philatelic Collection is the British royal household’s title for the queen’s stamp assortment which is made up of a whole lot of packing containers and albums full of uncommon, beneficial, and historic stamps. The albums are color-coded by monarch; pink for King George V, blue for King George VI, and inexperienced for Queen Elizabeth. 

King George V began accumulating stamps within the late 1800s when he’d nonetheless been the Duke of York, in line with the Smithsonian National Postal Museum. When he took up the pastime, he enlisted the assistance of his uncle, Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, who had initially began the royal stamp assortment in 1864.

Over time, King George V grew to become very within the pastime. Whenever he visited London, the king reportedly spent as much as three afternoons every week engaged on the gathering, as soon as remarking he wished one of the best stamp assortment not simply among the finest.

King George VI looks through stamps with the Curator of the Royal Stamp CollectionKing George VI looks through stamps with the Curator of the Royal Stamp Collection
King George VI seems by way of stamps with the Curator of the Royal Stamp Collection | Kurt Hutton/Getty Images

After King George V, King George VI took up the pastime and grew the stamp assortment much more. Then got here Queen Elizabeth who made it what it’s today. 

Where is the queen’s stamp assortment saved? 

The assortment isn’t housed at Buckingham Palace. Instead, it’s stored in vaults at St. James Palace. However, sure stamps throughout the assortment have gone on show as a part of museum exhibitions. 

Prince Charles will possible inherit stamp assortment from Queen Elizabeth

As The Sun reported, the queen is the fifth monarch to inherit the royal stamp assortment. While we don’t know for positive, if Queen Elizabeth have been to maintain with royal custom, she would depart the Royal Philatelic Collection to her oldest son, Charles, Prince of Wales, who’s first within the royal household’s line of succession. However, we received’t know who will inherit the stamp assortment till the queen’s demise. 

Queen Elizabeth’s ‘loves’ displaying her stamp assortment to guests

The queen is alleged to be a fan of giving visitors a take a look at her stamp assortment after they keep at Buckingham Palace. 

According to The Sun, royal knowledgeable Phil Dampier instructed Fabulous Digital the queen’s stamp assortment is “one of her pride and joys” and he or she “loves” displaying it to guests. 

Queen Elizabeth II looks at stamps from her royal collectionQueen Elizabeth II looks at stamps from her royal collection
Queen Elizabeth II seems at stamps | Lisa Sheridan/Studio Lisa/Getty Images

“The Queen loves showing her stamp collection to visitors, say heads of state who stay at Buckingham Palace,” he stated. “It is one of her pride and joys, not only because she owns some of the world’s most valuable stamps, but also because she has built on a family treasure and feels she has done her father and previous monarchs who owned it proud.”

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