Faroe Islands Stamps: HM Queen Margrethe II – 80th Anniversary


22 March 2020
On 16 April 2020, Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark celebrates her 80th anniversary.

H.M. Queen Margrethe II was born on April 16, 1940, at Amalienborg.

She was the daughter of King Frederick IX and Queen Ingrid, born Princess of Sweden.

Margrethe Alexandrine Þórhildur Ingrid, which is her full name, became Queen of Denmark on January 14, 1972 and has now reigned for 48 years.

Celebrating the Queen’s anniversary Posta is issuing a souvenir sheet featuring the official present to the Queen on the occasion of her 40th regent anniversary in 2012. The present was a painting of the Queen by artist Edward Fuglø, entitled 'Bird Song And Animal Language She Was Able To Understand'.

Shown in regal profile, the Queen sprouts up from the Faroese coast, surrounded by a large number of animals, preferably birds. One comes to think of adventures in which wild animals come to the aid of a hero or heroine in distress. This is actually the case here, as evidenced by the title which the artist has given to his painting. 

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According to the Posta Faroe Islands stamp details:

'Although the Queen's profile is at the centre, Edward Fuglø's work is far from being a portrait in the conventional sense. It is an allegory, i.e. a mental depiction reading somewhat like a challenging tale of the relationship between the Queen and the Faroe Islands.'

Date of issue: 16.04.2020
Value: 50,00 DKK
Numbers: FO 929
Stamp size: 40,00 x 60,0 mm
Sheet size: 100 x 70 mm
Artist: Edward Fuglø
Printing method: Offset + gold hot foil
Printer: Cartor Security Printing, France
Postal use: Rec. letters (+ postal rate)


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