Prince Alfred: Founder of The Royal Philatelic Collection

Happy to share with you today a cross blog post that I wrote on‘s website which is a great site about “Everything Scotland”.

Photograph of King George V by W.& D Downey
Photograph of King George V by W.& D Downey


In fact Mairiuna, it was Prince Alfred, the second son of Queen Victoria ( later King George V ) that started the Royal Philatelic Collection.

His enthusiasm about stamp collecting was shared with his brother, the Prince of Wales ( later King Edward VII) who bought Prince Alfred’s collection just a few years before he died. In turn, he offered same to his son, the Duke of York, who had spent many hours with his uncle enjoying the hobby.

And from one generation to another, the Royal Philatelic Collection is now in the hands of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth.

By the way, did you know that Great Britain is the only country that does not print it’s name on postage stamps ?

Look carefully…the only way to identify a British stamp, is to find the Queen’s profile adorning one of the corners.

Great Britain - Kids set

Great Britain Stamps - Folk & Fairy Tales

As you share the same thematic approach to stamp collecting as I do, we both happily undertook a philatelic quest to find as many postage stamps and other philatelic document that relates to Scotland in any shape or form, and I have to tell you Mairiuna..I find it’s a very thrilling adventure !

Let’s turn another page of our “Scotiana on Stamps” album to view more stamps about Scottish philately.

The Cairngorms in Scotland on stamps


The Cairngorms… home to five of the six highest mountains in Scotland, all munros .

Quiz Time ! Can you name them ?

Who volunteers to take a guess?

Click on “Leave a Comment” down below the post and submit your answers. We will unveil correct answer on the blog.


This one from Monaco commemorates Sir Athur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, famous fictional detective, who appears in four novels and fifty-six short stories all together.

Arthur Conan Doyle - 2009 - Sherlock Holmes - Scotland on Stamps

Arthur Conan Doyle - 2009 - Sherlock Holmes

Mairiuna, since we are in Edinburgh, would you like to walk down the avenue towards Picardy Place where the statue of Sherlock Holmes was erected close to the house where he was born?

Talk soon,



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