22 June 2015 – 2015 marks the bicentenary of Napoleon Bonaparte's definitive defeat at the Battle of Waterloo. StampNews.com got to know that PostNL issued new stamps on the 22d of June to commemorate this event. In doing so, PostNL is focusing on Dutch involvement in the battle with an image of the Prince of Orange, the future King Willem II, who also fought at the time.
The new stamp sheet is a collective initiative of PostNL and Belgian postal company Bpost; both postal companies are issuing stamp sheets on this topic. The design for the ‘Bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo' stamps was done by Kris Maes for Belgium and Rina van Maanen for the Netherlands.
The basic design for both countries' stamp sheets is identical, and features a large image of the battlefield and portraits of the main players. PostNL and Bpost opted to design their own individual stamp sheets. Both stamp sheets feature the specially designed logo for the stamps. The basic components for the logo were the years of the commemoration, a portrait of Napoleon and the text 'Slag van Waterloo' (Battle of Waterloo), as it is called in Belgium.
Designer Rina van Maanen says: "The back of the Dutch stamp sheet features the 1824 painting 'The Prince of Orange during the battle at Quatre Bras' by J.W. Pieneman. A portrait of the Prince of Orange by Henri Philippoteaux is depicted on the five identical stamps", says designer Rina van Maanen.