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RDP Ceremony 2014 - 11 to 14 July 2014

Ypres, Belgium


The Royal Philatelic Society London

The Belgian Academy of Philately (l’Académie de Philatélie de Belgique; De Belgische Academie voor Filatelie)

The Philatelic Congress of Great Britain


The RDP Ceremony is being held in Ypres, Belgium this year which is jointly hosted by the Society and the Belgian Academy. Click here for a programme outline. Congress attendees often book quite late, and even as late as March or April, however It will help with the planning if you would book this during January. You may already have booked. If so, please see the updated programme with some amended times.

You are asked to book online at http://www.rdpceremonyweekend.com

If you prefer not to book online, please advise Patrick Maselis at patrick@maselis.be

I appreciate that this is considerably more expensive than the usual Congress, but it is a special occasion where a number of special events are included. It is fitting that the Centenary of the First World War should be philatelically marked, and marked in Belgium which was, of course, the specific cause of Great Britain entering the war.


With best wishes


Chris King

Keeper of the Roll


The Assassination of Archduke Ferdinand took place on 28th June, 1914, and our meeting takes place between that event and the declarations of war in July and August setting off the First World War.

Ypres occupied a strategic position during World War I because it stood in the path of Germany's planned sweep across the rest of Belgium and into France from the north (the Schlieffen Plan). The neutrality of Belgium was guaranteed by Britain; Germany's invasion of Belgium brought the British Empire into the war. The German army surrounded the city on three sides, bombarding it throughout much of the war.