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Dame Margot Fonteyn

Dame Margot Fonteyn, 100th Bith Anniversary

Date of issue

2 April 2019

Withdrawal date

2 April 2021


David Christian Moore




45mm x 30.45mm


Offset Litho + gold PMS


52, 67, 80, 85, 99, 1.15

Dame Margot Fonteyn DBE, world renowned ballerina, was associated with Jersey through her parents who lived on the island for a number of years. She performed at the Jersey Opera House on two occasions, in 1972 and again in 1976, performing a variety of excerpts from different ballets on each occasion.

Born Margaret Evelyn Hookham in Reigate, Surrey, England, she took up ballet lessons at the age of four. After studying in China where her father was transferred for work, she returned to London at the age of 14 and was invited to join the Vic-Wells Ballet School, which later became the Royal Ballet School. Adopting the stage name Margot Fonteyn in 1935, she continued her career as a dancer with the Royal Ballet, appearing in some of the most iconic performances the company has produced. Fonteyn starred in their full-length production of The Sleeping Beauty when the Royal Ballet reopened after the Second World War, as well as a production of Giselle in 1962, after which she received 15 minutes of applause and 20 curtain calls. After a long and illustrious stage career, Fonteyn, at the age of 60, was appointed Prima Ballerina Assoluta of the Royal Ballet by HM Queen Elizabeth II in 1979. Six stamps commemorate the centenary of Fonteyn's birth on 18th May 1919:

52p - Romeo and Juliet
67p - The Sleeping Beauty
80p - Amazon Forest
85p- Amazon Forest
99p - Romeo and Juliet
£1.15 - The Sleeping Beauty

Miniature Sheet: Swan Lake

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