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    Image of Jaguar E-type, which is featured as one Royal Mail's stamp to celebrate British Auto Legends
    28 December 2012
    Royal Mail's 2013 Special Stamp Programme
  • Royal Mail announces highlights of its 2013 Special Stamp Programme, showcasing the best of British with issues throughout the year
  • The programme starts this month when the 150th anniversary of the first underground railway in the world is celebrated with the release of London Underground stamps, one of which features an image of the Metropolitan Railway opening in 1863
  • 200 years of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ is honoured in February with a set of stamps depicting scenes from Austen’s six published novels
  • Other highlights include a set on British Auto Legends issued in August, in which iconic motor vehicles, such as the Jaguar E-Type, are celebrated

Royal Mail’s 2013 Special Stamp programme will once again showcase the best of British, including Automotive Legends, Jane Austen’s novels, and London’s iconic transport system

The London Underground stamps are released on 9 January to mark the 150thanniversary of the first underground railway in the world. The stamps show a timeline of London Underground’s development ranging from the first steam-driven Metropolitan Railway service through to a striking image of the modern Canary Wharf station. There is also a special four stamp miniature sheet focusing on the design heritage of London Underground posters. 

Jane Austen will be celebrated this year as 2013 marks the bicentenary of the publication of ‘Pride and Prejudice’, her most famous novel. One of the most popular British novels of all time, ‘Pride and Prejudice’ has sold 20 million copies worldwide and has led to many TV and film adaptations. The book will be celebrated as part of a six stamp set, on sale from 21stFebruary. The other stamps in the set depict scenes from Austen’s other published novels.

Other stamp issues in 2013 that celebrate the best of British include the Merchant Navy, some of the finest Locomotives of Northern Ireland, British Automotive legends, Dinosaurs and, of course, the Christmas stamps, which this year will take a religious theme.

Andrew Hammond, Managing Director, Royal Mail Stamps, said: “We had a fantastic programme last year across a variety of different topics and capped it off with our hugely popular Gold Medal stamps. That’s a unique act to follow but the 2013 programme explores some of Britain’s greatest achievements from the world of literature, industry, sport and modern society in a schedule that certainly contains something for everyone.”

Some of the 2013 Special Stamp Programme issues include:

January                    London Underground

February                  Jane Austen

March                       Doctor Who

May                           Football Heroes

August                     British Auto Legends

September             Merchant Navy

October                   Dinosaurs

November              Christmas stamps


2013 Post & Go Stamps

22 February                  Post & Go Freshwater Life: Ponds

25 June                         Post & Go Freshwater Life: Lakes

20 September              Post & Go Freshwater Life: Rivers


Natasha Ayivor

Royal Mail Press Office

100 Victoria Embankment

LondonEC4Y 0HQ

Tel: 020 7449 8250

Mobile: 07436 280 002




For almost 50 years, Royal Mail’s Special Stamp programme has commemorated and celebrated events and anniversaries pertinent to UK heritage and life. Today, there are an estimated 2.5 million stamp collectors and gifters in the UK and millions worldwide. Her Majesty the Queen approves all UK stamp designs before they are printed.


Stamps and stamp products are available at all Post Office Branches, online at from Royal Mail Tallents House (tel. 08457 641 641), 21 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh, EH12 9PB.