May 8, 2016

2535 CANADA (Quebec) - The flag of the province

Quebec, the second-most populous province in Canada (after Ontario), is the only Canadian province that has a predominantly French-speaking population, and the only one to have French as its sole provincial official language. The flag of Quebec, called the Fleurdelisé, was the first provincial flag officially adopted in Canada, first shown on January 21, 1948, at the Parliament Building of the National Assembly in Quebec City. Quebec's Flag Day commemorates its adoption each year, though for some time it was celebrated in May.

The Fleurdelisé takes its white cross from the ancient royal flags of France. Its white fleurs-de-lis (symbols of purity) and blue field (symbolizing Heaven) come from a banner honouring the Virgin Mary, reputedly carried by French-Canadian militia at General Louis-Joseph de Montcalm's victory at Carillon. The flag is blazoned Azure, a cross between four fleurs-de-lis argent. Its direct predecessor, the Carillon, was first raised on September 26, 1902. It resembled the modern flag except that the fleurs-de-lis were at the corners pointing inward.

About the stamps
The first stamp is part of the series Love Your Pet, designed by Lara Minja, and issued on May 2, 2015. The other three stamps are part of the series Beneficial Insects, about which I wrote here. The last stamp is part of the series Baby Wildlife 2014, about which I wrote here.

Flag of Quebec - Wikipedia

Sender: Denise
Sent from Mont-Tremblant (Quebec / Canada), on 24.12.2015 

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