From Birds of Prey to D-Day: Royal Mail's 2019 special stamp calendar revealed

From Birds of Prey to D-Day: Royal Mail's 2019 special stamp calendar revealed

Key points

  • Royal Mail’s Special Stamp programme commemorates anniversaries and celebrates events and popular culture relevant to UK heritage and life
  • The 75th anniversary of the D-Day landing will be marked with a set of 11 Special Stamps
  • 2019 marks the bicentenaries of the birth of both Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The anniversaries will be celebrated with a set of ten stamps launched in May. Six of the stamps depict Queen Victoria at various stages in her life from age 11 to her later years. Four of the stamps commemorate her husband Prince Albert
  • Birds of Prey feature birds that all breed in the UK and are captured in characteristic poses of flight or in close up to show their features
  • British Engineering is a celebration of UK excellence in the field over the past 50 years

Royal Mail today announces a preview of its 2019 Special Stamp programme.

Showcasing the “Best of British” the programme features a range of subjects: from a celebration of the UK’s Birds of Prey to the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

2019 marks the bicentenaries of the birth of both Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. She is the second longest reigning monarch in British history, and six stamps will chart her life in period paintings, from childhood and marriage to Prince Albert, to marking her long reign.

The accompanying stamps in the mini-sheet will pay tribute to her husband, Prince Albert.

The 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings will be marked by a set of 11 Special Stamps. The stamp issue will be a timely commemoration of all those who participated and will use images from the day itself.

The images in the Birds of Prey stamp issue have all been photographed especially for Royal Mail by photographer, Tim Flach. The birds featured all breed in the UK and are captured in characteristic poses of flight or in close up to show their features.

Species include: the Red Kite; the Sparrowhawk; the Merlin; the Golden Eagle and the Kestrel.

The British Engineering stamp issue is a celebration of UK excellence in engineering over the past 50 years and conveys the wide range of engineering disciplines where the UK continues to make its mark.

Other stamp issues to be released during 2019 include: Curious Customs; Forests; and Royal Navy Ships.

 

Ends

 

2019 Special Stamp Programme:

April: Birds of Prey

May: British Engineering

May: Queen Victoria Bicentenary

June: D-Day

July: Curious Customs

Aug: Forests

Sept: Royal Navy Ships

Nov: Christmas

The stamps will be available online at www.royalmail.com/stamps and in 7,000 Post Office branches across the UK

Notes to Editors:

 

About Royal Mail Special Stamps

For more than 50 years, Royal Mail’s Special Stamp programme has commemorated anniversaries and celebrated events relevant to UK heritage and life. Today, there are an estimated 2.5 million stamp collectors and gift givers in the UK and millions worldwide. Her Majesty The Queen approves all UK stamp designs before they are issued.

 

About Royal Mail plc

Royal Mail plc is the parent company of Royal Mail Group Limited, the leading provider of postal and delivery services in the UK and the UK’s designated universal postal service provider. UK Parcels, International and Letters (“UKPIL”) comprises the company’s UK and international parcels and letters delivery businesses operating under the “Royal Mail” and “Parcelforce Worldwide” brands. Through the Royal Mail Core Network, the company delivers a one-price-goes-anywhere service on a range of parcels and letters products. Royal Mail has the capability to deliver to more than 30 million addresses in the UK, six days a week (excluding UK public holidays). Parcelforce Worldwide operates a separate UK network which collects and delivers express parcels. Royal Mail also owns General Logistics Systems (GLS) which operates one of the largest ground-based, deferred parcel delivery networks in Europe.

Media contact:

 

Natasha Ayivor, Royal Mail press office

Email: press.office@royalmail.com

Tel: 0207 449 8246

www.royalmail.com/stamps

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