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Julia Lee  |  Aug 17, 2012  |  0 comments

Royal Mail is issuing a miniature sheet of four stamps to coincide with the opening of the Paralympic Games on August 29.

The Welcome to the London 2012 Paralympic Games miniature sheet is similar in style to the Welcome to the Olympic Games sheet issued in July (August issue, page 22), featuring aquartet of sports merged with images of the city’s landmarks.

It will make Royal Mail the first postal administration of a host country to issue stamps to celebrate the start of the Paralympics.

Julia Lee  |  Oct 01, 2012  |  0 comments

Royal Mail issued a Gold Medal Winner miniature sheet to celebrate each British success in the Paralympic Games in London.

Each sheet comprised two self-adhesive 1st class stamps of the same design, showing the medallists either in action during their event or on the podium.

As with the Olympic Games six-stamp sheets (October issue, page 20), base sheets designed by True North and pre-printed by Cartor were overprinted with images and inscriptions by six different regional printers, whose identities had not been released as we went to press.

Guy Thomas  |  May 07, 2021  |  0 comments

Royal Mail will issue the fifth in its ongoing Music Giants series on May 28, celebrating the solo career of Sir Paul McCartney, one of Britain’s most successful musicians.

In the established style of the series, a set of eight stamps feature selected album covers from 1970, when The Beatles disbanded, through to 2020.

A miniature sheet of four comprises photographs of McCartney at work in the recording studio, spanning three decades.

Guy Thomas  |  Jul 06, 2016  |  0 comments

Royal Mail will issue a set of 10 stamps on July 7 to celebrate one of the most influential British rock bands of all time, Pink Floyd.

Six self-adhesive stamps reproduce iconic record sleeve designs, in the same freeform style as the 2010 Classic Album Covers set (which included a different Pink Floyd album).

A Pink Floyd Live miniature sheet of four further designs is based on photographs from stage performances, taken over four different decades.

Stamp Magazine Staff  |  Jun 24, 2022  |  0 comments
Royal Mail will issue a set of eight stamps on July 1 to mark the 50th anniversary of the first Pride rally in the UK.
Guy Thomas  |  Oct 08, 2014  |  0 comments

The Prime Ministers set of eight stamps, to be issued on October 14, feature some of Britain’s most influential civilian leaders, four of them from the 18th and 19th centuries and the other four from the 20th century.

The office of Prime Minister was not created, but evolved over a long period of time.

Officially, the post is still First Lord of the Treasury, although the term ‘Prime Minister’ came into use as a convenience around 200 years ago.

Guy Thomas  |  Jun 09, 2021  |  0 comments

On June 24 Royal Mail will issue a miniature sheet of four stamps in memory of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who died on April 9 at the age of 99.

Having married Princess Elizabeth in November 1947, Philip gave up a stellar career in the Royal Navy when she ascended the throne as Queen Elizabeth II in February 1952.

He would become the longest-serving royal consort in British history, supporting the monarch in all her work until his retirement from royal duties in 2017.

Guy Thomas  |  Jul 08, 2020  |  0 comments

The latest in Royal Mail’s ongoing Music Giants series, issued on July 9, celebrates Queen, one of Britain’s most successful rock bands.

Eight counter-sheet stamps illustrate the covers of a selection of their most popular albums, in their golden age from 1974-91.

The accompanying Queen Live miniature sheet of five stamps features four photographic images of live performances, one focusing on each band member, and one promotional group shot.

Guy Thomas  |  Apr 03, 2017  |  0 comments

The Racehorse Legends issue, released on April 6, honours eight equine legends of flat racing and national hunt racing in Britain.

Illustrated by Michael Heslop, each stamp shows a famous horse in action during one of its most celebrated races, with five different racecourses featured in all.

The horses selected are among the most popular and successful in racing history, from the mid 1960s to the present day.

Guy Thomas  |  Mar 20, 2018  |  0 comments

Royal Mail will celebrate the centenary of the Royal Air Force with a set of six counter-sheet stamps and a four-stamp miniature sheet on March 20.

Established on April 1, 1918, through the merger of the Royal Flying Corps (the air arm of the British Army) and the Royal Naval Air Service (the air arm of the Royal Navy), the RAF is the world’s oldest independent air force, in the sense that it is not controlled by another branch of the military.

It played major roles in winning World War I and World War II (not least in protecting Britain from invasion by Germany in 1940), in projecting British power during the Cold War, and in waging more recent conflicts such as the Falklands War, the Gulf War, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Julia Lee  |  Jul 28, 2014  |  0 comments

Royal Mail starts a five-part annual series commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First World War on July 28, with a set of six stamps linked to the first year of the conflict, 1914.

Further appropriate issues will follow in 2015-18 inclusive.

If the set looks incoherent at first glance, Royal Mail has made it clear there is a carefully planned rationale behind it.

Guy Thomas  |  Apr 14, 2018  |  0 comments

A set of six stamps to be issued on April 17 will celebrate wildlife which has been successfully reintroduced into Britain following its extinction in the wild.

In the past two centuries it is estimated that more than 400 species of animals and plants have disappeared from the UK, usually due to the loss, degradation or fragmentation of their natural habitats.

Thanks to the efforts of conservationists, scientists and volunteers, however, a number of programmes have successfully reintroduced some to their former environments, where they are flourishing once more.

Katy Purvis  |  Mar 25, 2014  |  0 comments

The Remarkable Lives stamp issue, to be released on March 25, is the latest in what seems to have become an annual series celebrating important figures in modern British culture, following on from Eminent Britons in 2009, Britons of Distinction in 2012 and Great Britons in 2013.

Each of this year’s honorees was born a century ago, in 1914.

They include two actors, a theatre director, a writer, an economist, a broadcaster, a scientist, a footballer, a graphic designer and a war heroine.

Julia Lee  |  Feb 13, 2013  |  0 comments

Scenes from each of Jane Austen’s six published novels feature on a set of stamps marking the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride & Prejudice.

Released on February 21, the stamps use illustrations by Angela Barrett which were commissioned especially for the issue.

The set was designed by Webb & Webb and printed in lithography by Cartor.

Guy Thomas  |  Jun 19, 2020  |  0 comments

A set of eight stamps entitled Roman Britain, issued on June 18, celebrated ancient buildings and artefacts which survive today as a reminder of the occupation.

Much of mainland Great Britain was a province of the Roman Empire for almost 400 years, from the invasion of 43 AD to the withdrawal of troops in 410 AD.

At its greatest extent, the province of Britannia comprised all of England and Wales, and parts of southern Scotland.