The Princess of Wales' Own Regiment stamp from Canada

April 9th, 2013

Canada Post issued a stamp to commemorate the 150th anniversary of foundation of The Princess of Wales' Own Regiment (PWOR).

The Princess of Wales' Own Regiment (PWOR), was formed in January 1863, from seven existing militia companies in Kingston, Ontario. It earned its name when the Regiment participated in celebrations for the marriage of His Royal Highness Edward, Prince of Wales. The name, made official in 1868, honoured the new Princess of Wales, formerly Princess Alexandra of Denmark. Since its foundation, members of the PWOR have served in every major conflict involving the Canadian Forces, including the First and the Second World War.

The Regiment's crest features the motto, Nunquam Cede (Never Surrender), accompanied by the phrase Ich Dien (I Serve) and the Regiment's initials, PWOR. The crown and feathers allude to the Regiment's name, while the beaver represents service to Canada.

As found out from the Canada Post official website, the most important design element for the PWOR stamp designer Dave Sasha was the soldiers themselves.

"I wanted to bring out the faces of the soldiers to humanize them," explains Sasha. We used illustrations based on images of real soldiers to give the stamp life." In choosing the soldiers to represent on the stamp, Sasha tackled the next challenge: representing 150 years of service. The result was a soldier from 1890, the First World War, the Second World War and the present day to show the evolution in uniform.

"Creating a timeline – a sense of history – was very important. It has given us a connection between now and then" added Sasha.