A Visit from Royalty

Prince Albert II received a commemorative gift from CO/WY District Manager Selwyn Epperson.

Prince Albert II received a commemorative gift from CO/WY District Manager Selwyn Epperson.

A century ago, the Prince of Monaco made a visit to Wyoming as the guest of Buffalo Bill Cody. The two camped in the wilds of Northwestern Wyoming in an unlikely pairing. The showmanship of Cody combined with the regal royalty of the Prince resulted in huge national and international interest, as papers from coast to coast and around the world carried news of the visit in their pages.

On September 19, the Prince’s great great grandson–Prince Albert II–marked the anniversary
with a visit of his own. And the United States Postal Service was there to help honor
the occasion.

Colorado/Wyoming District Manager Selwyn Epperson presented the Prince with a philatelic gift that consisted of stamps issued from both countries set in a western visual theme. The stamps were gathered by Denver-area philatelists who contributed to the project. 

“We are honored to be part of this historic visit,” said Epperson. “The United States Postal Service has tremendous respect around the world for our innovation and service.”

The sleepy Western town of Cody has never forgotten the original visit from the monarch. The famed Buffalo Bill Historical Center of the West has a permanent display commemorating the event. The hunting camp was named Camp Monaco, and a tree trunk lifted from that location is on display in the museum and served as a backdrop to the activities.

Special, limited edition collector’s envelopes were also on hand at the event to mark the occasion and are now available at the Cody, WY, Post Office until October 18.

Prince Albert with Buffalo Bill in 1913

Prince Albert with Buffalo Bill in 1913


1 Comment

  1. anonymous

     /  October 2, 2013

    It should be ‘pairing’ not ‘paring’. The two words have completely different meanings.

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