Smithsonian & Royal collection
The Smithsonian and Queens Royal Collection
William Gross founder of PIMCO and a generous international benefactor, he founded the Largest Philatelic Gallery in World at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.
A recent and generous $10 million dollars support by William Gross to create a unique as well as the largest philatelic gallery in the world along with many other collectors who support the collection: https://postalmuseum.si.edu/StampGallery/. The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum is dedicated to the preservation, study and presentation of postal history and philately. The museum uses exhibits, educational public programs and research to make this rich history available to scholars, philatelists, collectors and visitors from around the world. Today also known as the Queens collection, was
encouraged by Queen Victoria whose portrait is on the very first stamp in the world , the famous Penny Black, for her son Prince Alfred and his nephew, soon to be King George V, to begin a philatelic collection of the Great Britain and the British Commonwealth (Empire) which they did and it is the only comprehensive collection known to exist today. King George always stated that ‘he wanted to have the very best collection and not just one of the best collections.’ Queen Elizabeth II currently oversees the Royal Collection today and it is occasionally on exhibit in London and the Smithsonian.
Queen Elizabeth II attended the London 1980 International Philatelic Exhibition, seeing her there was a wonderful experience, I don’t know if she bought anything for the Royal Collection but she certainly was looking. The Queen continuously adds to England’s famous Royal Philatelic Collection.
Prince Alfred the son of Queen Victoria she encouraged to begin the Royal collection with his nephew George V. The center image is the largest known original Sheet of the World’s 1st Stamp, the Penny Black, and the image on the right is a single mint Penny Black.