Monday, July 29, 2013
Australia's The Birth of a Prince
Australia Post beat everyone by being the first to issue the stamp featuring the new Royal Baby, George Alexander Louis. The 60c stamp on a sheetlet of 10 valued at $6.00 is designed by Sonia Young of the Australia Post Design Studio.
This instant issue celebrates the birth of a new prince to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on July 22, 2013 at 4.24pm BST. The next day, the latest addition to the Royal Family was introduced to the world on the steps of the hospital.
The stamp shows the Royal couple leaving St Mary's Hospital Paddington with their newly-born son.
Australia Post shares that "the birth of a future monarch is always a highly anticipated event and the child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who will be third in line to the throne after Prince Charles and Prince William, was no exception.
For the first time in British history the gender of the newborn royal was irrelevant - the newly altered Act of Succession means that now the first born, whether boy or girl, will be monarch. And in another first, the birth of this royal baby saw Prince William take paternity leave from his position as a helicopter rescue pilot.
The sons of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II - Charles, Andrew and Edward - were born at Buckingham Palace, while Princess Anne was born at Clarence House. Today the preferred birthing facility used by the Royal Family is the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital in Paddington. The baby's father Prince William was born there, as was his uncle Prince Harry.
A notice of the birth was attached to an ornate easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, with the media officially informed. There were royal gun salutes across London heralding the new arrival."