Wednesday 26 August 2015

Put the Queen back on Australian banknotes

At the moment Her Majesty's head is on a $5 banknote ...
Whilst Her Majesty is still on the old banknotes, Queen Elizabeth, Queen of Australia, has been replaced on the new five dollar tactile notes with the images of Catherine Helen Spence (1825-1910) writer and of course feminist and an unbearded Henry Parkes (1815-1896) , politician and architect of Australian Federation.

... but soon she will be replaced by a feminist and a politician.
It seems that the federal government is not only not celebrating the time when the Queen becomes our longest reigning sovereign, but has actually overseen the removal of Her Majesty from our new banknotes!

Join the Australian Monarchist League campaign to have the Queen’s image put onto the new (tactile) note. In fact, as head of state Her Majesty’s image should be on all Australian banknotes.

Please write to the Prime Minister saying how disgusted you are that he has allowed this to be done. Details are:

Hon. Tony Abbott MP
Parliament Office –
PO Box 6022, House of Representatives, Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600
Telephone: (02) 6277 7700 Fax: (02) 6273 4100

Electorate Office - Level 2, 17 Sydney Road, Manly, NSW, 2095
Postal address - PO Box 450, Manly, NSW, 2095
Telephone: (02) 9977 6411 Fax: (02) 9977 8715

Tuesday 25 August 2015

Australia Post celebrates the birth of Princess Charlotte

HRH Princess Charlotte of Cambridge stamp and Royal Australian Mint coin.

Australia Post is celebrating the recent birth of Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with today's release of a domestic base rate (70c) stamp that features an image of the Royal couple leaving St Mary’s Hospital Paddington with their newborn daughter.

Australia Post Managing Director and Group CEO, Ahmed Fahour said: “Australia Post is delighted to celebrate the birth of a baby girl to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, with a sheetlet of stamps that captures the first public appearance of the happy family.”

We expect the stamp will be well received as was the royal birth of Prince George stamp in 2013.”

Princess Charlotte was born on 2nd May 2015 at 8.34am BST and introduced to the world the same day on the steps of the hospital, in the arms of her proud parents. Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge will be fourth in line to the throne after Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George.

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 her uncle, Prince Harry and brother, Prince George.

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.

The Princess Charlotte stamps (at 70 p.) are for internal use in Australia. Stamp collectors abroad cannot expect to receive them, The rate for international letters from Australia is $2.75.
Princess Charlotte was christened on 5 July at St Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham, by Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The designer of the stamp is Jo Muré of the Australia Post Design Studio. The products associated with this stamp issue are a first day cover, sheetlet pack, maxi card, two postal and numismatic covers (one featuring a Royal Australian Mint coin and one featuring a Perth Mint coin), sheetlet of 10 x 70c stamps and a booklet of 10 x 70c self- adhesive stamps.

The Birth of a Princess stamp issue is available from 25th August 2015 at participating Post Offices, via mail order on 1800 331 794 and online at while stocks last.

Princess Charlotte stamp on a maxi card, which are sold at $3.60.

Sunday 23 August 2015

Egyptians turn towards the Monarchy to show their opposition of the oppressive republic

Criticising Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is a dangerous venture in the Nile country. "His method of governance is one that sucks the life out of the democratic and pluralistic aspirations that millions of Egyptians embraced after President Hosni Mubarak’s resignation in 2011. ... Sisi has returned the country to a state comparable to the strongman days of President Gamal Abdel Nasser. Nasser set the precedent for military rule and severe controls on the flow of information and knowledge, arguably the two greatest constraints on human and national development in the Arab world since 1952." (Aljazeera America).

 It seems safer to refer to the pre-1952 period as the "the beautiful era". The years of King Farouk I mean glamour, class, religious tolerance and a civilised society. That's the quintessence of an article on the BBC Trending website: Why are some Egyptians pinning away for their long-gone king?

"I'm begging King Farouk not to leave Egypt to the army," an Egyptian tweeted recently - quite an odd plea, as Egypt hasn't had a monarch for more than 60 years. But that message, and thousands like it, were shared in a sort of mass historical role play that pushed the phrase "Tweet as if you're in the 1950s" to the top of Egypt's Twitter charts.

 A Facebook fan page in his name that was set up in August 2011 has been liked more than 2.2 million times. "King Farouk was wrongly and unfairly depicted," says Amr Abu Seif, a 40-year-old Egyptian who set up the Facebook page as well as a King Farouk website, which he started in 2007 after he couldn't find any websites dedicated to the Egyptian monarchy.

Queen Narriman and King Farouk I with his son Fouad II on his lap.
Of course, there is an Egyptian king: Fouad II, son and heir of King Farouk who became king in 1952, after his father was forced to go into exile. However, the baby-king was deposed by Nasser in 1953. However, he keeps in touch with the Egyptian people and send a royal message on the occassion of Eid, the end of Ramadan. (For a rough translation you can use

﴿وَلِتُكْمِلُوا الْعِدَّةَ وَلِتُكَبِّرُوا اللهََّ عَلَى مَا هَدَاكُمْ وَلَعَلَّكُمْ تَشْكُرُونَ﴾
يتوجه فؤاد الثاني -ملك مصر السابق- وأسرته بأصدق التهاني للشعب المصري، وللشعوب العربية والإسلامية، بمناسبة حلول عيد
الفطر المبارك؛ الذي نستقبله الليلة شاكرين بعد أن منَّ اللهُ علينا وعلى أمَّتنا بإتمامِ شهرَ رمضان المعظَّم، فرحين بما آتانا الله من
نعمهِ ورحمتهِ في أهلينا ووطننا.
ويرفع فؤاد الثاني الدعاء من قلب مؤمن بالله ومحب لرسوله أن يتقبل الله صيامنا ودعاءنا، وأن يتغمدنا بعنايته ورحمته، وأن يؤلف
بين قلوبنا ويحفظ وطننا مصر من كل سوء ومكر، سبحانه نعم المولى ونعم النصير. وأن هذه المناسبة الكريمة، نستحضر فيها، بكل
تدبر واعتبار، ما يجمع شعوب أمتنا العربية والإسلامية من روابط وتاريخ، ترسخ إيماننا بوحدة مصيرها، في ظل إعلاء قيم ديننا
الحنيف، الداعية إلى الإخاء والإيثار والمحبة، والوسطية والاعتدال، والتسامح والتعايش بين مختلف الديانات والحضارات.
حفظ الله مصر وشعبها

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