The Italian Postal Service has released a new stamp featuring Queen Elizabeth II.
The stamp was issued to commemorate Her Late Majesty’s death anniversary, in an unusual form of honor to the late monarch.
The commemorative stamp depicts “Regina Elisabetta II” in various decades of her reign as the longest-reigning queen in British history, with a sequence of colored silhouettes of her.
It was announced on Tuesday during a ceremony in Rome attended by the British Ambassador to Italy, Edward Llewellyn, and Adolfo Urso, Minister of Enterprise and Made in Italy.
It is highly rare for the Italian Postal Service to issue a stamp honoring a non-Italian, and except for several Popes, the late Queen is the only foreign historical figure to receive such an honor from Rome.
The Royal Family acknowledged them instantly on social media.
They said on X: “Thank you @PosteItaliane for a wonderful tribute to Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The newly issued postage stamp is a special and rare instance of Italy dedicating a stamp to a non-Italian.”
Mr. Urso stated, “The Italian people, like others and more than others, admired her and knew her for the affection she has always had for culture, history, and, in general, for our people, in whom she often found comfort.”
“At all stages of her life, Queen Elizabeth II was deeply admired.”