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Most of the royalty cards I’ve featured before have been British or Dutch, so today I’ve got some more diverse royals:


First is this card from Paola in Ireland showing Empress Maria Theresia of Austria, mother of Marie Antoinette of France. She was born in 1717, died in 1780, and ruled for 40 years. Two of her sons were Holy Roman Emperors: Joseph II and Leopold II.


And another Austrian royal from Paola: Franz Joseph I. He was emperor from 1848 to 1916. He was the great-great-grandson of Maria Theresa and the uncle of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, whose assassination sparked World War I.


Next is the last Romanov tsar, Nicholas II (center), and his family. This photo was taken in 1913. From left to right are (I think) his oldest daughter, Olga; his middle daughter, Maria; his wife, Alexandra; his youngest daughter, the famous Anastasia; his youngest child and heir, Tsarevich Alexei; and his second oldest daughter, Tatiana. The whole family was executed in 1918 as part of the Russian Revolution.

This card was sent to me by uliaya in Russia.


And finally, “two kings for the price of one,” King Albert II of Belgium (right) with his son, the current King Philippe. King Albert abdicated in 2013 and his son became king. This photo was taken in 2008. The card was sent to me by Katrien in Belgium.

Here are the stamps:


This stamp from Russia is from 2003. It shows some strawberries and is a scented stamp. Even though it is 10 years old it still smells like strawberries!


And the other new stamp is a butterfly from Belgium.