Queen honoured with three new stamps
Queen Margrethe will celebrate her 75th birthday on April 16. To commemorate the occasion, Post Danmark will release three new stamps honouring the queen tomorrow. The postal service is calling the new stamps “three little works of art” created by well-known artists.
“We are proud to participate in the celebration of her majesty’s birthday with three stamps featuring motifs of the Danish royal orders,” explained Martin Pingel, the design director at Post Danmark Stamps.
“It is a great honour for Danes to receive an order from the Royal Family, so it is gratifying to be able to make the images available to all Danes in these new, beautiful stamps.”
Flags and elephants
The three stamps have motifs of the two royal knight guilds – the Royal Order of the Elephant and the Royal Order of the Dannebrog – along with the Order of Merit, which is the oldest existing honour medal in Denmark. It is the queen who acts as master of orders and distributes the various honours.
The Royal Order of the Elephant is the order most seldom bestowed. Since 1580, only 890 people have received the honour. Queen Margrethe has awarded 68 such honours.
The stamps, which were designed by Post Danmark Stamps and engraved by Jørgensen, will be available for purchase from tomorrow.