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Crown Princess Mary attends presentation of this year’s Christmas stamps

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Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, on Monday, attended the annual and traditional presentation of this year’s Christmas stamps from the Danish postal service. Copenhagen City Hall, as usual, formed the framework for the event.

Together with the artist behind this year’s Christmas brand, illustrator Per O. Jørgensen, Crown Princess Mary revealed this year’s design. The Crown Princess and the guest could then enjoy musical entertainment from singer Stig Rossen and children. After several speeches, the event concluded with a friendly reception for the many participants.

As patron of the Christmas Stamps Homes, Crown Princess Mary was happy to show off this year’s stamps. This was the 116th edition of the Christmas stamp which was unveiled. In addition to showing off the new Christmas stamp, Her Royal Highness also presented a new cookbook, with the profits going to the Christmas homes.

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Over the years, fewer and fewer stamps have been sold. In fact, revenue has almost decreased by 50% in just a few years. In 2010, stamps sold for more than 18 million Danish crowns. Last year, they only sold stamps for 10 million Danish crowns. The stamps are sold in most Danish supermarkets, at post offices and bookstores. If you are not in Denmark and want to support the great work, you can also get an electronic Christmas stamp by buying one online.

Every year since 1904, the Christmas Stamp Foundation has released the special Christmas stamps, which aims to raise money for children.

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In the early 1900s, children from the poor areas in Copenhagen received help. They were malnourished and suffering from diseases. Over the years, the focus and problems have changed because society has changed. Common to the children who are currently seeking help at one of Denmark’s five Christmas homes is that they have low self-esteem, are socially isolated and have often been bullied.

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Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written five books on historical subjects and more than 700 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.