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King Philippe takes photo for Princess Elisabeth’s stamp

Photo: Laura Dekkers

He may be King of the Belgians, but his most important job is that of a father. King Philippe got behind the lens to take the photo for her 18th birthday stamp due to be released later this month.

In a press release from Bpost, they explained that the celebratory stamp for the future Queen of the Belgians coming of age, “Princess Elisabeth is the first in line for the succession to the throne and is celebrating her eighteenth birthday on 25 October. Bpost celebrates this special event with a limited, official stamp from the Princess. At the unveiling of the stamp collection 2019 in November last year, the definitive image was not yet known. In consultation with the Palace, it was decided to use a photo that was taken as close as possible to her 18th birthday.”

The Royal Palace released a photo of the stamp sheet on their social media yesterday:

Photo: Belgian Royal Palace/Twitter/Bpost

The photo being used in the stamps was taken at the Castle of Laeken and provided to Bpost by the Royal Palace. The Princess is in a white dress in the gardens of Laeken, which is the official residence of the Belgian monarch.

This is not Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant’s first stamp. A stamp was released with her photo in 2002 to celebrate her first birthday.

It can be purchased beginning Monday, 21 October at post offices and the Bpost website.

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