It’s no secret that royal and postage stamps often go together, but sometimes the results are a little more fun than others. Here’s a round up of some royal stamps that stand out, regardless of whether you are a stamp collector or not (I most definitely am not, though many attempts at stamp collecting were made in my youth).
Princess Amalia, Princess Alexia & Princess Ariane
First up is the delightful young princesses of the Netherlands. A series of stamps was issued in 2012 featuring the 3 daughters of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange (she goes by Amalia) is next in line to be Queen followed by Princess Alexia and Princess Ariane, the youngest.
By the way, this photograph was released earlier this month to mark Princess Amalia’s 11th birthday of December 7th.
She posed with her two sisters as well – their parents refer to them as ‘the triple A’s.
Crown Princess Frederick, Crown Princess Mary & Prince Christian
We have another young future ruler next. Princess Christian, the future King of Denmark, made his stamp debut at the age of 14 months with his parents. The three of them are wearing Greenlandic costume (Greenland is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark0. Mary’s colourful outfit was a wedding present she’d received back in 2004 . This stamp is part of a charitable fundraising program in Denmark that dates back to 1921.
Queen Elizabeth II
Royal Mail released this sweet stamp to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s 80th birthday in 2006. 8 stamps were issued, one for each decade, and each featured an informal photograph.
I love this one, too. It was taken during a relaxed moment on the Royal Yacht Brittania in 1972.
Crown Prince Haakon & Crown Princess Mette-Marit
A little more on the formal side, these stamps were released in celebration of Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit’s 40th birthdays in 2013 (they were born just under a month apart). The series also included a shot of Crown Princely Family as well as one of the King of Norway with his son and granddaughter.
Here’s a bit of a closer look at the family photos (apologies that they are so tiny!)
The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge
This shot taken during William & Kate’s Australia tour is now a stamp in Australia. That’s the dress William told Kate she looked like a banana in..but hey it makes for a cheerful stamp!
So which is your favourite? I vote for the laughing Queen shot from 1972 🙂