Picture & Poem
Post Danmark, POST Greenland and Posta Føroyar have created a new stamp on the occasion of The Prince Consort’s 80th birthday on 11th June 2014. It will be on display together with selected photographs in a mini-exhibition in a cabinet in the Dinning Room from 11th June until the end of the year.
HRH The Prince Consort, who was born in France as Henri Marie Jean André, Count of Laborde de Monpezat, was educated in oriental languages, amongst other things, and thereafter entered the French Foreign Office. It was during his time as a diplomat in London that he met HM The Queen, the then heir to the throne Princess Margrethe, who was studying in England at the time. The couple married in Copenhagen in 1967, and they have two sons, TRH Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim.
The Prince Consort’s official work for Denmark involves many duties, for example acting as the patron of a large number of Danish and international organizations. His links to France have been preserved, as the Royal Couple own the vineyard Château de Cayx near Cahors. The Prince Consort has demonstrated his artistic talents for many years, particularly in the form of sculptures and poems.
On the stamp, which is being sold in strips of four, The Prince Consort is seen as photographed by Torben Eskerod. The first lines of The Prince Consort’s poem The Squirrel are shown in a reproduction of his handwriting, along with his monogram, which is also seen on the first day cover. Furthermore, a special folder containing one stamp from each of the three parts of the Danish Realm has been produced.
Stamps of The Prince Consort have previously been produced, just as, for example, his portrait appears together with the Queen’s on several stamps.