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Royal Mail has been issuing Christmas Stamps every year since 1966, and it’s fair to say that they are now a much-loved part of the festive season. we are delighted to announce a Madonna and Child theme for Christmas 2013. These have been created using details taken from Madonna and Child paintings down the ages and across many cultures, including the newly commissioned Neo-Coptic style stamp, painted by Fadi Mikhail.
When we announced our first Christmas Stamp Design Competition for 30 years, the nation’s 4-11 year-olds did us proud. They entered 240,000 pictures, from which we picked two fabulous festive designs as the winners.
We are delighted to introduce, on 10th October, a Special issue featuring ten British Dinosaurs captured by John Sibbick, one of our foremost exponents of natural history art. His painterly approach has enabled the creation of ten Special Stamps which are imbued with a drama and realism that computer generated imagery simply cannot hope to match at stamp size.
Freshwater Life is the third series of pictorial Post & Go Stamps since their introduction in 2010. The first two series, Birds of Britain and British Farm Animals, enjoyed massive popularity; and it’s fair to say that the first two parts of this series, Ponds and Lakes, have hooked many more fans. We conclude this lovely aquatic issue with part 3, which explores the species found in our Rivers. Issued on 20th September 2013.
It's 50 years since a strange old man stepped out of a Police Box in a scrapyard down Totter's Lane, and the most beloved and exciting television series in the universe began. Since then, the Time Lord has had many faces and battled many foes, and his adventures look set to continue for years to come.
Issued on 26th March 2013.
Over the centuries, Britain’s merchant fleet has been inextricably entwined with the fortunes of the nation: enabling us to trade with the world and even coming to our aid in times of war. That’s why this glorious Special issue looks at the Merchant Navy’s contribution to our prosperity and our protection. The six Special Stamps feature merchant ships from the last two centuries. Issued on 19th September 2013.
2013 sees the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sir Henry Royce, who established Rolls-Royce with Charles Rolls; as well as the centenary of Aston Martin’s founding. We mark these important anniversaries with a Special issue that features two of their finest creations, together with four more legendary British thoroughbreds and four of our nation’s most iconic workhorse.
Issued on 13th August.
On the 7th July 2013, Andy Murray became the first British man to win the Gentlemen's Singles title at Wimbledon since 1936. To celebrate this momentous result Royal Mail will issue a four stamp Miniature Sheet featuring Murray in action in this classic final including one showing him kissing the famous trophy. Order this slice of history now.
Issued on the 8th August.
We are delighted to present the first Special issue since 1981 to celebrate the British love of butterflies. This long overdue return is centred around an exceptionally beautiful set of ten stamps, featuring a variety of species that have been captured with great delicacy by artist Richard Lewington. Issued on 11th July 2013.
Classic Locomotives of Northern Ireland is the third in our series to commemorate these unsung workhorses of the railway network. Issue date 18th June 2013.
To mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation, we’ve created an extraordinary collection featuring some of the finest portraits of Her Majesty, including a brand new painting by Nicky Philipps - the first ever commissioned by Royal Mail. This exclusive commission is the result of three specially convened ‘sittings’ with the Queen at Buckingham Palace in late 2012. This beautiful 1st Class stamp completes our stunning set of Royal Portraits.
Issued on 30th May 2013
What better way is there to mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Football Association than by collecting 11 unique stamps representing some of the British game’s greatest heroes. In footballing terms a ‘hero’ must be much more than an outstanding player. Character is as important as ability, and while the 11 selected were all supremely gifted, they had something more. They had style.
Issued on 9 May 2013.
Following in the distinguished footsteps of Eminent Britons in 2009 and Britons of Distinction in 2012, we are delighted to introduce the Great Britons Special issue, celebrating the anniversaries of ten more people who not only achieved greatness in their lifetimes, but also left behind a lasting legacy.
Issued on 16th April 2013