About the Exhibition

The Royal Philatelic Society London (RPSL) will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2019. The exhibition will be a further milestone in the internationalisation of the society. The only official international exhibition, whether competitive or non-competitive, will be that held in Stockholm as part of the sesquicentennial anniversary of the RPSL as

STOCKHOLMIA 2019 – The International Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Royal Philatelic Society London.

The exhibition will address all (and only) RPSL members worldwide, comprise circa 2,000 frames (16-pages) and will cover both non-competitive exhibits for display and competitive classes.

Bulletin 1

Bulletin 1 was mailed to all Members of the London Philatelist together with the May issue. On 88 pages the exhibition and its concepts are presented and gives comprehensive information about the general concepts and thoughts which are behind the exhibition. Bulletin 1 also invites Fellows and Members to participate with a philatelic display, either as a competitive exhibit a non-competitive selection from their exhibits.

Read Bulletin 1 by downloading the bulletin from here.

If you want to display at STOCKHOLMIA 2019, you may access the following documents from links presented herewith:

Application form.pdf
Individual Regulations of STOCKHOLMIA 2019 (IREX).pdf
Guidelines on Judging Electronic Literature at

Bulletin 1

Bulletin 2

Bulletin 2 will be the official invitation addressing all visitors to STOCKHOLMIA 2019.

Bulletin 2 will be presented here from September 2018.

Medal & Awards

STOCKHOLMIA 2019 will be held under the patronage of the Association of British Philatelic Societies (ABPS). The invitation to exhibit and display is in operation since it was launched in Bulletin 1. The application time is open until 30 April 2018 link to application form.


All exhibitors will be awarded the exhibition medal of STOCKHOLMIA 2019. The unique STOCKHOLMIA medal is in classic format and style, it has “two” front faces, tracing the two countries’ equal importance by depicting the world’s most recognized stamps in stylized design on the two sides. The medal is designed and manufactured by Sebastian Schildt, recognized silver designer in Stockholm.


All exhibitors will be awarded the diploma of participation (certificate) as the example above. It is designed in STOCKHOLMIA style by our graphic designer Maria Gadh and comprises the certificate together with a cover depicting the Royal Crest and signed by the Roll of Presidents and Past Presidents.

The STOCKHOLMIA GRAND AWARD will be awarded to the best exhibit of the exhibition. The candidates will be those judged as Best in Classes, and the best exhibit will be selected via an open voting by the judges at the Palmares. The GRAND AWARD is donated by the STOCKHOLMIA Philatelic Partner, The Global Philatelic Network, and was first presented at MonacoPhil 2017 by Dieter Michelson (left) and Karl Louis (right).


Court of Honor

At a reception conducted on the 1 December 2017 at MonacoPhil, the displays comprising STOCKHOLMIA COURT OF HONOR were presented.

In summary, COURT OF HONOR will comprise the following displays:

Court of Honor 1

As the Patron of the Society (The Royal Philatelic Society London), Her Majesty The Queen Elisabeth II has been invited to display a selection from The Royal Philatelic Collection. The Keeper of The Royal Philatelic Collection, Michael Sefi LVO RDP FRPSL has announced that The Queen graciously has agreed to accept the invitation, and will display 12 frames from The Royal Philatelic Collection. The selection to be made will be important for philately generally and for the celebration of the Society’s anniversary. The selection from The Royal Philatelic Collection will remain as a secret and surprise until the opening of the exhibition.

Court of Honor 2

Kings and Queens on Philately, Philately and Postal History from Royal Collections

Court of Honor 3

The Golden Collection of Swedish Philately, by the Exhibition’s Philatelic Head Patron Gustaf Douglas

Court of Honor 4

RPSL Publications from 1873 and onward, together with a selection of Crawford Winners from 1920 and onward, by Tomas Bjäringer

Stockholmia Library

The STOCKHOLMIA LIBRARY will be a special department of the exhibition, located on level 3 at Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre. Currently the following “Library” activities are planned (further activities will be developed ahead to the exhibition).


  • AIJP Patronage
  • Selection from the BJÄRINGER LIBRARY (Court of Honor)
    • RPSL Publications
    • Crawford Winners
  • Reading Room
    • Stockholmia Literature Class
  • Two Library Presentations Rooms
    • Full time program from 11.00 to 17.30 each day
    • Educational subjects aiming authors and publishers
    • Lectures about early philatelic literature in different countries
    • Capacity for 8 book presentation each day
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The set of exhibition catalogues will comprise two different volumes à 300+ pages. One volume will be a “traditional” exhibition catalogue, while the second volume will be the “Library Catalogue”, the latter comprising:

RPSL Publications
  • Each book presented, with different photos and a short description
Crawford Winners
  • Each book will be presented, a few books on one or two pages, with different photos and a short description
STOCKHOLMIA 2019 Literature Display Entries
  • Court of Honour Library books by Tomas Bjäringer: 20 glass cabinets (show cases) and each one is good for up to six items
STOCKHOLMIA 2019 Literature Competitive Entries
  • Each entry presented with the bibliographical data (and address where to buy)

The expected release date and presentation of the two volumes is 11 April 2019 in London at the Society’s ”Past Presidents Display”, six weeks prior to the exhibition.

Exhibits Listing

The final date for applications to exhibit, whether non-competitive or competitive, will be 30 April 2018. The list of exhibits will be presented here from September 2018.


The Palmarès will be conducted as the official banquet of STOCKHOLMIA at the Vasa Museum Saturday 1 June at 7.00 p.m.

The STOCKHOLMIA BANQUET will take place the fourth evening of the exhibition, on Saturday 1 June at 7.00 p.m.. The banquet is the official dinner of STOCKHOLMIA 2019, will cover the main awards ceremonies and will be open by ticket to all guest to STOCKHOLMIA 2019.

The STOCKHOLMIA BANQUET will take place at the Vasa Museum, for many years one of Stockholm’s most magnificent dinner venues, in the shadows of the grand ship Vasa.

A truly unique experience – leaving you with everlasting memories.

To have dinner inside the Ship Hall, next to the warship Vasa is something you don’t want to miss. It is the ultimate experience of Swedish History combined with the finest food and drinks. This will be a memorable evening filled with Swedish History and traditions – you will definitely leave the Vasa Museum with a long lasting smile!

Palmarès 1
The Warship Vasa
The tickets to the Palmarès will be offered from 2018.


The competitive classes will be judged by an international jury appointed by the Council of the Royal Philatelic Society London.

The jury will be presented here in due course.

President of the Jury Lars Engelbrecht RDP FRPSL