Australia Post has released a new stamp on Tuesday, 14 June 2022, to commemorate Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh’s life and service.
The $1.10 stamp features Australian-born artist Ralph Heimans’ 2017 portrait of Prince Philip in formal dress whilst wearing the sash of the Order of the Elephant, Denmark’s highest honour, in the Grand Corridor at Windsor Castle.
The stamp created in Prince Philip’s honour comes as Queen Elizabeth II marks her Platinum Jubilee – 70 years on the throne since her accession on 6 February 1952.
Prince Philip passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle on 9 April 2021, aged 99, just two months before his 100th birthday.
He was the longest-serving consort of a reigning British monarch following his marriage to Queen Elizabeth on 20 November 1947, becoming the Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, Baron Greenwich and a Knight of the Garter.
Prince of Greece and Denmark
He was born at Mon Repos, the Greek Royal Family’s summer home on the island of Corfu, on 10 June 1921 – the youngest child and only son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg.
Prince Philip renounced his rights to the Greek and Danish thrones and became a British subject when he became engaged to Princess Elizabeth on 9 July 1947.
He served in the Royal Navy during World War II and gave up his promising naval career when his wife ascended to the throne, following the death of her father, King George VI.
Queen Elizabeth bestowed the title and office of Lord High Admiral in 2011 to mark his 90th birthday and as an acknowledgement of his sacrifice.
The Duke of Edinburgh retired from official duties in 2017, after carrying out an average of 350 engagements per year in Britain and overseas.
Prince Philip visited Australia many times, firstly as a midshipman aboard the HMS Ramillies, his first official visit with Queen Elizabeth in 1954, formally opening the Olympic Games in Melbourne on 22 November 1956 and his final visit in 2011.
‘More than 60 Years of Official Public Life and Philanthropy’
Australia Post Group Philatelic Manager Michel Zsolt said Prince Philip’s legacy included many decades of charitable work, such as serving as international president of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and founding The Duke of Edinburgh Awards supporting youth achievement around the world.
‘Prince Philip’s more than 60 years of official public life and significant philanthropy were remarkable, and through that charitable work and his visits to Australia over the decades he touched the lives of many Australians,’ Mr Zsolt said.
The Prince Philip stamp and those commemorating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee are on sale now at participating post offices, via mail order on 1800 331 794 and online at Australia Post Collectables while stocks last.
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