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Bumblebees, Honeybees and solitary bee species are the unsung heroes of Britain’s ecology: pollinating our food crops, keeping farms in business and enabling our parks, gardens and countryside to thrive. It would be impossible to underestimate the significance of bees, or their worrying decline. This vibrant Special issue features two First Day Covers, as well as a fascinating Presentation Pack, written by leading bee authority Professor Dave Goulson. Issued 18 August 2015.
The 75th Anniversary of The Battle of Britain:
Between July and October 1940 the skies over southern England were the stage for the first decisive air battle in history, as the RAF defended our island nation from the numerically superior forces of the Luftwaffe. We commemorate the 75th anniversary of this pivotal battle with a Special issue that pays tribute to all those involved from the ground crews that kept our planes in the air to the WAAFs who plotted their courses in the Ops Rooms. Issued 16 July 2015.
The Battle of Waterloo:
The culmination of more than two decades of war, this was not just one of the most famous battles in British history, it was arguably one of the most far-reaching, as it led to the birth of modern day Europe. We are proud to mark the bicentenary of that pivotal battle with a Special issue that explores the key events of the day through six Special Stamps, together with a Miniature Sheet that honours the rank and file of both Allied and Napoleonic forces. Issued on 18 June 2015.
This year marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, the foundation stone of the Rule of Law whose influence has extended around the world. To commemorate this milestone Royal Mail has worked closely with the Magna Carta 800th Committee to produce six Special Stamps depicting the Magna Carta itself as well as major international bills and declarations inspired by it that have been issued to protect civil liberties and rights. Issued on 2 June 2015.
The First World War 1915:
A century on from the first great conflict of the 20th century, Royal Mail is commemorating the First World War through a series of five Special issues that examine each year between outbreak and armistice.We are therefore proud to present the second part, which looks at the events of 1915. We are exploring each year of the war through a set of stamps that follow the same six themes: Poppy, Poetry, Portraits, War Art, Memorials and Artefacts; which will ultimately result in a series comprising 30 Special Stamps. Issued on 14 May 2015
The 175th Anniversary of the Penny Black:
Until 1840 the cost of postage was beyond the means of all but the wealthy. Yet on 06 May that year, the world of communication changed forever as the world’s first adhesive postage stamps, the Penny Black and the Twopenny Blue were issued. Released on 6 May 2015.
Post & Go Stamps Heraldic Beasts:
The second issue in 2015’s pictorial Post & Go programme features six Heraldic Beasts: the lion, unicorn, yale, dragon, falcon and griffin. Issued on 13 May 2015.
Featuring Britain's best-loved double acts, ground-breaking stand-ups and the stars of sketch shows and silver screen alike, this is one Special issue that is guaranteed to bring a smile to everyone's face. Issued on 1 April 2015.
Appearing in six tasteful tones from the Jubilee colour palette. Arnold Machin’s timeless Definitive design looks as elegant as ever, some 48 years after its debut. Issued on 24 March 2015.
The UK's bridges represent some of our most enduring, impressive and iconic landmarks. So we are delighted to present a Special issue that celebrates the leaps in engineering that have taken us from simpicity of the pre-16th century Tarr Steps to the elegance of the 2011 Peace Bridge. Out on 5 March 2015.
Our great scientists and thinkers have long led the world in the four disciplines of science, technology, engineering and medicine. Our impressive selection includes the World Wide Web, Catseyes, Fibre Optics, Stainless Steel, Carbon Fibre and DNA Sequencing. Unusually, this ground breaking set of eight Special Stamps is printed in four se-tenant strips of two stamps: one for each of the four featured disciplines. Released on 19 February 2015.
The range of stamps that customers can choose is refreshed from time to time to give a greater choice to celebrate a wider variety of life events. The last time the Smilers® stamp range was updated was in 2010 but on 20th January 2015 Royal Mail is introducing eight new 1st Class Smilers® stamps including versions for sending to mums and dads. Released on 20 January 2015.