The Royal Philatelic Society London (RPSL) is the oldest philatelic society in the world and was established in 1869 as The Philatelic Society, London. Permission to style itself ‘Royal’ was granted by His Majesty King Edward VII in 1906. The Royal philatelic tradition has been maintained and today the Society is honoured by the Patronage of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
The exhibition will be a further milestone in recognising the international reach of the Society and will be organised from 29 May to 2 June 2019. The exhibition will comprise 2,000 frames (competitive philatelic classes and non-competitive exhibits for display), and is open to all RPSL members worldwide. No pre-qualification will be required as all RPSL members are automatically qualified.
The exhibition has been granted a substantial financial contribution from Count Gustaf Douglas FRPSL, who is today’s leading philatelist in Sweden. He was internationally recognised in 2013 when he presented the only known example of the Three Skilling Banco Yellow Postage Stamp, one of the rarest in the world, as part of his “Golden Collection of Swedish Philately”. Gustaf Douglas will be the ‘Philatelic Head Patron’ of the exhibition.
“The 31st October 2013, the day I gave my comprehensive display to Fellows and Members of the Royal Philatelic Society London, was the greatest day in my 50 years’ of life with philately as my hobby. The Display was later recognised with the 'Tilleard Medal' by the Society. Contributing to STOCKHOLMIA is my way of showing appreciation to The Royal Philatelic Society London for giving me this most memorable day in my philatelic life.”