Saturday, August 17, 2013
Stamps on the occasion of the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander 1.5.2013
On 1 May 2013, PostNL issued two inauguration stamps on the occasion of the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander. The newest inauguration stamps differ from their predecessors (1898, 1948, 1980) in several important respects: they are smaller and self-adhesive, and the design is typographical. PostNL will issue the permanent stamp later this year in honour of the new King.
King Willem-Alexander's first two initials are shown on the inauguration stamps. The stamp with value indicator '1' has the colours of the Dutch flag with a red initial 'W', a white background and a blue initial 'A'. The stamp with value indicator '2' has the same monogram but with a blue initial 'W' and a green initial 'A'. The inauguration stamps were designed by Piet Gerards Ontwerpers of Amsterdam.
'The blue-green combination was chosen on purpose. The blue is a reference to King Willem-Alexander’s interest in water management and the green represents the attention he demands for the sustainable solutions to the problems our planet is facing,' the designers Piet Gerards and Maud van Rossum explain.
Thank you dear Martine for this FDC.