RPSC cancels Royal*2020*Royale due to COVID-19

This year’s Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC) Convention – Royal*2020*Royale – has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Slated to take place on June 19-21 in Fredericton, N.B., the convention, which includes the society’s annual general meeting (AGM), was cancelled by the RPSC board of directors on March 30 after deciding it was “unsafe and impractical, based on current conditions,” according to a statement issued by President Ed Kroft to the society’s more than 1,000 members.

“These events, scheduled for Fredericton, N.B., were much anticipated by collectors, exhibitors and members of The RPSC,” said Kroft, who adds the 2020 AGM will be rescheduled for a later date.

“I wish to thank Rob Lunn, FRPSC, his outstanding organizing committee and the Fredericton District Stamp Club for the excellent efforts to date to make this event occur. Thanks to all the people who offered to volunteer in one way or another and to the dealers, judges and exhibitors who will not have the opportunity this June to gather with our members.”

RPSC President Ed Kroft announced the board’s decision to cancel the convention on March 30.


Kroft’s statement also included a hopeful message.

“May everyone continue to stay well and keep safe. May you continue to all support one another. If your circumstances permit, please continue to support our hobby and its dealers. Stay in touch with your friends, club members and The RPSC. Subscribe to philatelic publications as a distraction from the news about COVID-19 and its consequences,” he said.

“These are times when people need to be kind to one another. May our enjoyment of stamp collecting and our continued recognition of its friendships and fellowship help to sustain us through these stressful and extraordinary times.”

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