Many of us have hobbies that we enjoy from time to time. Some of us collect coins, sneakers, antiques, and even extremely obscure items.
Sometimes we can amass quite a large collection and you may never know they could be absolutely worth thousands of pounds in the future. Well, it turns out the queen has a hobby and has amassed a very valuable collection.
The Queen is the fifth royal to be added to the famous royal philatelic collection, following its inauguration by Queen Victoria’s son Prince Alfred in 1864. The prince sold his collection to his brother, the future King Edward VII, who at in turn gave to his son, King George V, then passed on to King George VI and finally to the Queen.
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According to the Telegraph, experts have estimated his vast private stock to be worth in the nine figures. The lot included a Mauritius stamp worth £2million, which was featured in a traveling exhibition to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002.
Royal expert Phil Dampier told Fabulous Digital: “The Queen loves to show visitors her stamp collection, heads of state who stay at Buckingham Palace say. It’s one of her prides and joys. , not only because she owns some of the most valuable stamps in the world , but also because she relied on a family treasure and feels she has made her father and the previous monarchs who owned it.”
For many years there have been curators for the Royal Philatelic Collection since the 1800s. John Tilleard was the first to manage the collection from the 1890s until his death in 1913, with the title of ‘Philatelist to the King’ . Tilleard was followed by Edward Denny Bacon who became “curator” of the collection from 1913 until 1938, when he died just before retiring. He began to organize the collection comprehensively.
There is currently no curator of the collection following its transfer to Buckingham Palace. Since the virus pandemic, he has been left without visitors for some time.
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