Some postcard collections are easier to complete than others. Getting a card from every UNESCO site, for example, is quite difficult, since there are so many of them, and some are very remote. So in addition to big goals, I thought I’d set some easy goals for myself. Like my goal to have a card showing every currently reigning sovereign queen. There are only three: Elizabeth II of England (and more), Beatrix of the Netherlands, and Margrethe of Denmark. I haven’t found anyone in Denmark to send me Queen Margrethe, but I have quickly completed 2/3 of the collection:
This card of Queen Beatrix comes from Erica_donker on the forums. I’m not sure if this one should count, since the picture was taken in 1959, when Beatrix was still just a princess. I think it counts, though. Also, it is apparently difficult to find more modern pictures of Beatrix because, as Erica writes, everyone is interested in her son Prince Willem-Alexander. Sounds a bit like Queen Elizabeth, with all the attention on her grandson Prince William.
Perhaps because the United States doesn’t have a monarchy, I’m completely fascinated by them. Kings and Queens seem so much more interesting than lying and cheating politicians.
I almost forgot, the Queen Beatrix card came with some nice stamps: