Prince George is the star of a new series of postage stamps which have been released by the Bahamas Postal Service this week.
As we approach the young prince’s first birthday later this summer, Prince George’s christening has been honoured in a series of stamps reflecting historical royal christenings. The stamps were designed by Andrew Robinson.
A 15-cent stamp shows Her Majesty The Queen on her christening day in 1926, when she was Princess Elizabeth of York. On the stamp she is being held by her mother and is surrounded by members of her family. The series of stamps continue chronologically and with increasing prices.
A 50-cent stamp depicts the 1948 christening of Prince Charles. The next generation is presented on the 65-cent stamp, showing a photo of Charles and Diana doting on a baby Prince William on his christening day in 1982.
Finally, the most recent chapter in royal christenings is spotlighted on the 70-cent Bahamas stamp. The stamp displays the largely-circulated image of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge smiling down upon a grinning Prince George at his christening last October.
The cover for the set of stamps features William and Catherine holding Prince George when speaking with Her Majesty The Queen as they arrived for the christening at St. James’s Palace’s Chapel Royal.
A constant feature in all the stamp photographs is the traditional christening gown, which was made in 1841 for Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter and was worn for all royal christenings until a replica was commissioned by The Queen in 2004. The replica was created by Her Majesty’s dressmaker Angela Kelley and is the gown Prince George wore for his christening.
The Bahamas is part of the Commonwealth of Nations of which The Queen is head of state. Should the governing of the Bahamas remain the same, one day Prince George will become King of the Bahamas.
Photo Credit: Government House, New Zealand/ Woolf/ Crown