Queen set to open Royal Philatelic Society’s new building

The Queen will open the Royal Philatelic Society’s new building as the organisation celebrates its 150th anniversary.

Its new home in the City of London welcomes stamp collectors from across the globe eager to see the society’s extensive collection.

The organisation is said to be the oldest philatelic society in the world and the Queen, its patron, has been following in the footsteps of other sovereigns in supporting its work promoting and contributing to the advancement of the science and practice of philately.

In 1906, King Edward VII granted the society permission to use the prefix royal in its tile and his son the Duke of York, later George V, served as its president.

During her visit, the Queen will meet architects, administration staff and supporters of the society and be shown a display of philatelic artefacts.

The Queen will then tour the building pausing at the first floor to see display frames from five previous monarchs, before meeting a group of young philatelists and volunteers.

Before leaving, the Queen will unveil a plaque in the member’s lounge to mark the official opening.

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