Created in 1974 by Prince Rainier III, the Monte-Carlo International Circus Festival has become the largest and most prestigious circus event in the world.
Organized and presided by Princess Stéphanie, the youngest child of Rainier III, a selection of the best international acts is presented each year at the festival. The 42nd edition, which opened on Jan. 18, will run until Jan. 28. The event also celebrates the 250th anniversary of the modern circus creation by Philip Astley in 1768.
To mark the event, Monaco’s Office des Émissions de Timbres-Poste has issued a 1.20 euro stamp. Issued on Jan. 3, the stamp was designed byAlain André and printed using offset lithography. It measures 30 mm by 40.85 mm (vertical).