Today, the tradition lives on, and the Royal Philatelic Collection continues to grow as successive monarchs take an interest in it.

Over a century has gone by since the founding of this phenomenal collection. Its preservation is of great interest to Queen Elizabeth II, who is involved in the approval of every new stamp bearing her image. One of the remarkable pieces acquired during her reign is the Kirkcudbright cover, mailed the first day the largest-known block of Penny Blacks was used, May 6th, 1840.

Since she succeeded to the throne, The Queen has overseen the development of the Royal Philatelic Collection. By encouraging the presentation of selected pieces in major philatelic exhibitions, she also makes the Collection known and accessible to a wide audience in Great Britain and around the world.

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