0,50 Euro 2005 - 200th Anniversary of H. C. Andersen - The Princess and the Pea


0,50 Euro 2005 - 200th Anniversary of H. C. Andersen - The Princess and the Pea
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General Description : The story tells of a prince who wants to marry a princess, but is having difficulty finding a suitable wife. Something is always wrong with those he meets, and he cannot be certain they are real princesses. One stormy night (always a harbinger of either a life-threatening situation or the opportunity for a romantic alliance in Andersen's stories),[1] a young woman drenched with rain seeks shelter in the prince's castle. She claims to be a princess, so the prince's mother decides to test their unexpected guest by placing a pea in the bed she is offered for the night, covered by 20 mattresses and 20 featherbeds. In the morning the guest tells her hosts—in a speech colored with double entendres—that she endured a sleepless night, kept awake by something hard in the bed; which she is certain has bruised her. The prince rejoices. Only a real princess would have the sensitivity to feel a pea through such a quantity of bedding. The two are married, and the pea is placed in the Royal Museum.
Face value 0,50 Euro
Catalog code (Michel) 3497
Catalog code Belgian Stamps Catalog BE-3449
Stamp colour multicolour
Stamp use Mini-sheet stamp
Issue date 08/10/2005
Designer Frédéric Thiry
Perforation 11 1/2
Height 27.00 mm
Width 40.00 mm
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