This is perhaps the first stamp of queen Wilhelmina because all the stamps bear the post mark after 5.17.89.
This is one of the rare stamps of Queen Wilhelmina facing the left 5ct Red 1889 with cancellation 5.17.89.
Text: NEDERL-INDIE 5CT
Condition: Ø = used/cancelled
Title: Queen Wilhelmina 'Fur collar'
Face value: 5
Stamp Currency: ct
Stamp number in set: 1
Basic colour: Carmine
Exact colour: Red
Theme: Queens, Heads of State
Stamp subject: Queen Wilhelmina
Michel number: 54
Yvert number: 64
Scott number: 174
Stanley Gibbons number:
Perforation: K 12½
Watermark: Without watermark
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Wilhelmina (Wilhelmina Helena Pauline Maria; 31 August 1880 - 28 November 1962) was Queen regnant of the Kingdom of the Netherlands from 1890 to 1948. She ruled the Netherlands for fifty-eight years, longer than any other Dutch monarch. Her reign saw World War I and World War II, the economic crisis of 1933, and the decline of the Netherlands as a major colonial empire. Outside the Netherlands she is primarily remembered for her role in World War II, in which she proved to be a great inspiration to the Dutch resistance.
Princess Wilhelmina Helena Pauline Maria of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange, Princess of Orange-Nassau, was born on 31 August 1880 in The Hague, Netherlands. She was the only child of King William III and his second wife, Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont. Her childhood was characterised by a close relationship with her parents, especially with her father, who was 63 years of age when she was born.
King William III had three sons with his first wife, Sophie of Württemberg. However, when Wilhelmina was born, William had already outlived two of them and only the childless Prince Alexander and the King's uncle Prince Frederick of the Netherlandswere alive, so under the Semi-Salic system of inheritance that was in place in the Netherlands until 1887, she was third in line to the throne from birth. When Prince Frederick died a year later in 1881, she became second in line. When Wilhelmina was four, Alexander died and the young girl became heiress presumptive.
King William III died on 23 November 1890, and, although Princess Wilhelmina became Queen of the Netherlands instantly, her mother, Emma, was named regent.
In 1895, Queen Wilhelmina visited Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, who penned an evaluation in her diary:
The young Queen ... still has her hair hanging loose. She is slender and graceful, and makes an impression as a very intelligent and very cute girl. She speaks good English and knows how to behave with charming manners