Kristen, her brother and family meet
The Queen in Toronto on her Canadian
Jubilee visit, October, 2002.

Kristen Ollies started the collection in 1999, when she was in fifth grade. Today it includes 48 album pages, and it's still growing.

Kristen began stamp collecting in third grade, when her teacher started a school stamp club. She and other children exhibited their collections at the National Postal Museum in 1997. That sparked Kristen's enthusiasm, and she has continued to build and exhibit stamp collections ever since.

To create her Queen Elizabeth II collection, Kristen learned about the Queen by reading books, watching TV shows, and searching the Internet. She and her family also went through catalogs to learn about stamps that show the Queen. Kristen looked for those stamps at stamp camps and by asking other collectors.

Kristen's favorite part of stamp collecting is exhibiting her collection. Kristen was able to show her collection to the Queen herself in 2002, at the Festival of Ontario. The Queen told her it was "splendid."

If you are interested in stamp collecting, Kristen's advice is to think about what you find interesting, just as she did. The great thing about stamp collecting, she says, is that there are stamps for everyone.

"This exhibit is about the life of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. I have been fascinated by Royalty, and in particular, the elegant and dignified Elizabeth II. Using a variety of philatelic elements I have tried to illustrate the extraordinary life of our present monarch." - Kristen Ollies

This exhibit and text originally appeared online on the National Postal Museum's web site from 2004-2005. Email Kristen at
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

by Kristen Ollies, Milverton, Ontario, Canada

Table of Contents

(Click on page numbers below to view full pages)
       Title Page (page 1)

       Table of Contents (page 2)

       Her Ancestors
Queen Victoria (page 3)
King Edward VII and King George V (page 4)
King Edward VIII (page 5)

       Her Early Life
King George VI (page 6)
'Us Four' (page 7)
Young Adult (page 8)

       Her Marriage
Elizabeth and Philip (page 9)
The Wedding (page 10)

       Her Family
Young Family (page 11)

       Her Accession
Princess Becomes Queen (pages 12, 13 and 14)

       Her Coronation
Coronation Ceremony (pages 15, 16 and 17)
Coronation Commomoratives (pages 18 and 19)

       Her Growing Family (page 20)

       The Royal Jewels (pages 21 and 22)

       The Royal Residences (page 23)

       Her Duties at Home and Abroad
Great Britain (pages 24 and 25)
The Changing Commonwealth (pages 26 and 27)
Royal Visits (pages 28, 29 and 30)

       Her Silver Jubilee (pages 31, 32 and 33)

       Her Changing Family (pages 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, and 40)

       Her Interests (pages 41 and 42)

       Her Golden Jubilee (page 43)

       Conclusion (pages 44, 45, 46, 47 and 48)