Monday, February 21, 2011

Isle of Man honours the Queen

The Isle of Man is a self-governing British Crown Dependency, located in the Irish Sea between the islands of Great Britain and Ireland, within the British Isles. The Dependency is headed by the Queen Elizabeth II, who holds the title of Lord of Mann.  For the administration of the isle, the Queen is represented by a Lieutenant Governor.

The island dates back to 6500 BC but it came to limelight in the 5th century AD when it began to be influenced by Gaelic culture in the AD 5th century. In 1266, the island became part of Scotland. After a period of alternating rule by the kings of Scotland and England, the island came under the feudal over-lordship of the English Crown in 1399. The lordship re-vested into the British Crown in 1764 but the island never became part of the United Kingdom and retained its status as an internally self-governing jurisdiction.

On 6th February 2011, the Isle of Man issued a set of six stamps, bearing portrait of the Queen and her husband Prince Phillip to celebrate the sixty years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. The stamps show the couple in their various ages right from the time of coronation till date. 


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