Princess Diana’s effect on North Korea revealed by bizarre postage stamps

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Princess Diana Fashion and Style Icon Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

Princess Diana’s effect on North Korea revealed by bizarre postage stamps

Diana’s legacy extended to the pariah hermit kingdom.

There are not many countries in the world that Diana, Princess of Wales didn’t have a profound effect upon.

Did Prince Charles and Princess Diana have stamps honoring them Photo (C) TWITTER
Did Prince Charles and Princess Diana have stamps honoring them Photo (C) TWITTER

Ahead of the 20th anniversary of the late royal’s death on 31 August, it has emerged that North Korea once issued a tribute to the ‘People’s Princess’. Despite the East Asian country being separated from the rest of the world, Prince Charles and Diana’s wedding in 1981 at St Pauls Cathedral in London led to celebrations in the hermit kingdom.

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Princess Diana Fashion and Style Icon Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

Surprisingly, the birth of Prince William in 1982 prompted further support from the secretive state. In a random tribute to the royals, they were immortalised in a series of commemorative stamps that were sold in the country’s capital of Pyongyang during the rule of Kim Il-sung.

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Princess Diana Fashion and Style Icon Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

One collection of stamps were marked “DPR Korea” and featured Charles and Diana at their wedding. Another set released in 1982 marked Diana’s 21st birthday.

But the bizarre stamp tributes weren’t just in aid of adoration for the British royals – they were released in an attempt to raise money for the hard-up regime.

The head of Asia studies at the University of British Columbia in Canada, Ross King, believes they were sold as collectors’ items, telling CNN: “In the broad scheme of things, collector-oriented stamps far outweigh those with a political message.

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge , Princess Diana , Prince Harry Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

“They even had Princess Diana on the stamps back in the 80s when they thought that Brits were buying stamps. The US is another country that uses the postal service to make a ton of money off gullible collectors.”

“Most of them don’t have a high market value. New issues, in mint condition, sell for around $0.50 (39p).

“But they’re just printing paper – which is worth nothing – and receiving valuable dollars for it. It’s more or less free money.

“Nobody in Europe or North America collects stamps anymore. Now, they’re pushing Chinese themes because they know collectors are buying them,” he added.

The dazzling diamond and pearl Cambridge Lover's Knot tiara was once owned by Princess Diana
The dazzling diamond and pearl Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara was once owned by Princess Diana

Similarly to Western countries’ postal services, North Korea also designs stamps to commemorate national achievements and world events – with typical subjects including the Ryugyong Hotel and the 2014 World Cup, though they failed to qualify for it.

Source: ibtimes co uk

Tags: Princess Diana, Diana, Princess of Wales, America, Collects, Stamps, Country, Postal Service, Gullible, Asia Studies, University, Columbia in Canada, Ross King, Believes, CNN, pariah hermit kingdom, Pyongyang during the rule of Kim Il-sung

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