King Edward VII succeeded to the throne in 1901. His son, the future George V, was already a dedicated philatelist. Aware of The Prince's interest in philately, the Government of Canada asked him to design a stamp portraying his father. It was The Prince who selected the photograph and the decorative elements of the stamp.
Many of the surviving pieces and documents related to the original design of this stamp are in the Royal Philatelic Collection.
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