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Princess Benedikte

Post Danmark has produced a new stamp on the occasion of Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte’s 70 birthday on 29 April 2014. It will be on display together with selected photographs in a mini-exhibition in a cabinet in the Dinning Room from 29 April until the end of the year. The stamp is being sold with an additional charge for the benefit of the Danish scout organisations, which are among the patronages for which the Princess is best known. Since her youth HRH Princess Benedikte has been involved in both Danish and international scout work, and as early as 1965 she inherited the office of chairman of the Danish Girl Guides’ Common Council from her mother Queen Ingrid. A stamp of Queen Ingrid was also produced, namely in 1960 on the occasion of the Queen’s 25th anniversary as patron of the blue and green girl guides in Denmark. HRH Princess Benedikte grew up at Amalienborg as the middle daughter of Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid. In 1968 the Princess married Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, and the couple have three children. Despite living her family life in Germany, the Princess has always been very involved in official duties in Denmark, including acting as protector for, amongst other things, a large number of humanitarian and sporting organisations. The stamp, which is sold in strips of five, shows Princess Benedikte together with young Danish scouts. The Princess’s monogram is seen on the first day cover, and the portrait was engraved by Wolfgang Mauer after the latest official photo, which was taken by Christina Hauschildt. Photos by Carsten Andersen, stamp designed by Per Ingmann with drawing by Mauer.