Luxembourg, stamp issues in 2011 .

On March 15th 2011, the Luxembourg Posts and Telecommunications issues:

A special postage stamp
European Year of Volunteering

50 years of Amnesty International

European Year of Volunteering aims in a general way to encourage and support, particularly through an exchange of experiences and good practices, the efforts achieved by Member States, regional and local authorities as well as civilians to create favourable conditions for volunteering in the European Union and to increase the visibility of activities in a broad range of volunteering activities.

The European Year has the following objectives:
  • 1. To work to put in place a favourable framework for volunteering in the European Union.
  • 2. To provide the means for voluntary organisations to act and improve the quality of volunteers.
  • 3. To reward and recognise the activities of volunteers.
  • 4. To increase public awareness of the value and importance of volunteering.

It is important to stress the importance of this European Year of Volunteering which raises awareness of the contributions and activities of numerous benefactors whose efforts lead to the creation of a more just, more democratic, and more responsible society.

The programme of events taking place in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in support of the European Year of Volunteering found on :
Actuel price of the stamp : 0,60 €
Layout: Repères Communication (L);
Printing: Offset lithography by Cartor Security Print S.A., La Loupe (F);
Dimensions: 29,07 x 38 mm, 10 stamps per sheet with decorated borders.

A special series Commemorative 2011/1

Amnesty International is a movement dedicated to human rights of which independence and impartiality are fundamental principles. On 28 May 1961, the first campaign was launched following the appearance of an article in the Observer titled: “The Forgotten Prisoners”.

In 1977 Amnesty received the Nobel Peace Prize. 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the Amnesty International movement whose first international meeting took place on 22 and 23 July 1961 in Luxembourg-City.

Disgusted by attacks on human rights but driven by hope for a better world, Amnesty International takes action to improve the lives of people by calling for international solidarity. Its members and sympathisers exert influence on governments, political authorities, and intergovernmental organisations.

The association includes more than 2.8 million members and sympathisers in more than 150 countries and regions.

Luxembourg has 4,000 members and donors of Amnesty International. The mission of Amnesty consists of conducting research and taking action to prevent and stop serious attacks on civil, political, social, cultural, and economic rights.

Amnesty works with and for people around the world so that everyone can enjoy the rights set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Price of the series: 3 x 0,60 = 1,80€
Drawings: Pit Wagner (L)
Printing: High-resolution offset by bpost Stamps Factory, Malines (B)
Dimensions: 27,66 x 40,20 mm, 10 stamps per sheet.

A special series Dynasty 2011 .

90th anniversary of HRH Grand-Duke Jean

Grand Duke Jean has served His country as Chief of State for 36 years and can, on the occasion of His 90th birthday, reflect on a full career, rich in emotions and memories.

Born on 5 January 1921 at Berg Castle and given the name Guillaume Robert Antoine Louis Marie Adolphe Marc d’Aviano of Luxembourg, He is the eldest son of the Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg and Prince Felix of Bourbon Parma.

After finishing His primary and secondary studies in Luxembourg, He completed His studies at Ampleforth College in Yorkshire County in England. On 5 January 1939, upon reaching the age of majority, He was named the Grand Duke heir apparent. After the invasion of the Grand Duchy on 10 May 1940 by German Nazi troops, He left Luxembourg with His family to seek refuge, first in France and Portugal, later in the United States and Canada. After studying law and political science at Laval University (Canada), He underwent military training at Sandhurst, in the United Kingdom, before enlisting as a volunteer in the Irish Guards Regiment.

On 11 June 1944 He landed near Bayeux in Normandy where He served as a captain in the 32nd Brigade of the Guards Armoured Division. He took part in the Battle of Caen and entered Brussels on 3 September. One week later, on 10 September 1944, He returned to Luxembourg alongside His father, Prince Felix. Named Lieutenant-Representative on 28 April 1961, He succeeded his mother the Grand Duchess Charlotte on 12 November 1964. On the same day He was name General of the Luxembourg Army.

On 9 April 1953, He married Princess Joséphine-Charlotte of Belgium. Five children were born from this union: Princess Marie-Astrid, Prince Henri, Prince Jean, Princess Margaretha, and Prince Guillaume. On 7 October 2000, Grand Duke Jean abdicated in favour of His eldest son Henri.

Price of the series: 1,10 + 0,85 = 1,95€
Layout: Advantage Communication (L)
Printing: High-resolution offset by bpost Stamps Factory, Malines (B)
Dimensions: 27,66 x 40,20 mm, 10 stamps per sheet.

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