Saturday, July 20, 2013

First Belgian stamps with the value in Euros

These two stamps, one each on the two first day covers were the first set of Belgian stamps issued on 1-1-2002 with the value in Euros. I n this case the values are 0.42 and 0.52 Euros respectively. The show the portrait of the Belgian King Albert II.

King Albert II (born 6 June 1934) is the King of the Belgians, a constitutional monarch. He is a member of the royal house "of Belgium"; formerly this house was named Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. He is the uncle of the current reigning Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Henri.
On 3 July 2013, King Albert II attended a midday session of the Belgian cabinet. He then announced that on 21 July, he would abdicate the throne for health reasons. He will be succeeded by his son, Prince Philippe of Belgium. He will be the third European monarch to abdicate in 2013, following Pope Benedict XVI and Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. In doing so, he will also be the second Belgian king to abdicate following his father, King Leopold III, who abdicated in 1951, albeit under very different circumstances.

Thank you Maria for these interesting FDCs.

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