The third day proved less sunny and less busy than the previous two days, which have me the perfect opportunity to view some of the exhibits. It seemed like a good idea to begin with the Court of Honour and the Royal Philatelic collection.

The Royal Collection is largely based on the collection of J. R. W. Purves, and bought by King George V intact in 1930. I’m sure there have been many envious eyes passing over the selection of Kangaroo stamps on display. Several items in the collection are unique, including essays and marginal examples showing the highly collectible JBC and CA monograms and the Harisson imprints. The official app for mobile devices provided a brief and interesting audio accompaniment and talked of the controversial history of the stamps. Also on display in the Court of Honour was a unique sheet of the £2 Roo and the master steel die for printing the stamp.

Close to our stand was the Championship Class exhibits. Entry for this class is only open to those who have won three Large Gold medals in previous exhibitions, with the honour of the Grand Prix award going to the winner. It comprised of a diverse group of exhibits including Canada, Ireland, Spain, Samoa, Russia, Tasmania, Aden, Philippines, Japan, Australia, USA and a thematic exhibit on Agriculture. Everyone will have to wait until tomorrow afternoon to find out the all important results.