In addition to five stamps of the Queen and five stamps of the King, the Royal diptych comprises some special photographic material of mother and son. The stamps can be ordered online directly. The stamps of the Queen will be available as from 25 March, and the first stamps of King Willem-Alexander will be available by mid-May 2013, after his inauguration.
A photograph of the Queen’s inauguration on 30 April 1980 serves as a white and gold background for the sheet with the five Queen Beatrix stamps. On the five identical stamps, the Queen is portrayed in profile on a photo in the colours white and royal blue. The Queen faces to the right.
A photograph of King Willem-Alexander's inauguration on 30 April 2013 will serve as a white and silver background for the sheet with the five King Willem-Alexander stamps. This stamp will be available as from mid-May 2013. On the five identical stamps, the King is portrayed in profile on a photo in the colours white and orange red. The King faces to the left.
Yme Pasma, Director Consumer Market of PostNL: "Traditionally, the images of Dutch sovereigns and other members of the Royal Family have always played a major role on the stamps of PostNL. We are very pleased and honoured to be part of this historical moment. The inauguration of a new head of state calls for a new stamp, just like the special stamps that were issued on the occasions of the three previous inaugurations in 1898, 1948 and 1980."
From mother to son
Designer Meike Nip from Ping Pong Design says she has used the special aspect of the succession as a guideline in her design. "It is not just the changing of the guard, with the Queen being succeeded by the King. There is also the extra element of a mother’s abdication in favour of her son. These are people of flesh and blood, united by their mutual love and affection. Besides the solemnity of the moment, I also want to emphasise the family ties. On the one hand, the tradition, knowing that from the moment of your birth you are predestined to succeed your mother; on the other hand, the intimate family relationship. This is why mother and son face each other when you put the sheets side by side. They exchange a look of understanding: the responsibility is passed on."
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