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  • Royal Mail
    7 November 2017
    Winners Of Royal Mail Christmas Stamps Design Competition Attend Clarence House For Prize Presentation By His Royal Highness The Prince Of Wales
Designs by Ted Lewis-Clark, aged 10, from Frome, Somerset, and Arwen Wilson, aged 9, from Dudley, West Midlands, will feature on Royal Mail’s 1st and 2nd Class Christmas Stamps respectively   
 
The winners were presented with a framed copy of their stamps by HRH The Prince of Wales at Clarence House
The winning designs were chosen from over 200,000 entries received from children aged 4-11 years across the UK in response to the question ‘What does the Christmas season mean to you?’
This is only the fourth time in Royal Mail’s 500-year history that children have designed the Christmas Stamps
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales chose the two winning designs 
Both winners will have a special postmark that will feature on stamped mail delivered to addresses nationwide
Both winning designs were approved by HM The Queen
The stamps go on sale from 7 November and will be available online at www.royalmail.com/christmas2017 by phone on 03457 641 641 and in all Post Offices throughout the UK
 
Designs by Ted Lewis-Clark, aged 10, from Frome, Somerset, and Arwen Wilson, aged 9, from Dudley, West Midlands, will feature on Royal Mail’s 1st and 2nd Class Christmas Stamps respectively   
 
The winners were presented with a framed copy of their stamps by HRH The Prince of Wales at Clarence House
The winning designs were chosen from over 200,000 entries received from children aged 4-11 years across the UK in response to the question ‘What does the Christmas season mean to you?’
This is only the fourth time in Royal Mail’s 500-year history that children have designed the Christmas Stamps
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales chose the two winning designs 
Both winners will have a special postmark that will feature on stamped mail delivered to addresses nationwide
Both winning designs were approved by HM The Queen
The stamps go on sale from 7 November and will be available online at www.royalmail.com/christmas2017 by phone on 03457 641 641 and in 7,000 Post Offices throughout the UK
The two winners of Royal Mail’s 2017 Christmas Stamp Design Competition attended Clarence House for a prize-giving presentation by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.
 
The two winning designs are, ‘Santa Claus on his sleigh on a starry night’ by Ted Lewis-Clark, aged 10, and a pupil at Oakfield Academy in Frome, Somerset, that will appear on the 1st Class Christmas stamp and ‘Snow family’ by 9-year old Arwen Wilson, who goes to St Chad's Catholic Primary School in Dudley, West Midlands, that appear on the 2nd Class Christmas stamp.
 
The competition received over 200,000 entries.  These were shortlisted for the next stage of the process where local judges from 12 UK regions selected their top two entries to represent the region in the national final.
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales then chose the two winners from the regional finalists.
 
1st Class stamp winner, Ted Lewis-Clark said: "Its's incredible! I couldn't believe that I had won a competition that had over 200,000 entries.  And that now my design will be sent all over the world as the Christmas stamp!
 
And of the prize-giving event at Clarence House, he said: "It was a little nerve wracking at the start, but once Prince Charles came into the room it was so obvious that he was a nice person that I relaxed immediately."
 
Arwen Wilson, designer of the 2nd Class stamp, said, "When I went to Clarence House it was very exciting. Prince Charles was very kind when he spoke to me and gave me a framed copy of my stamp design. It was a great day and I am so happy my stamp design won".
 

In addition, to mark their success, a special postmark will feature on mail delivered to addresses nationwide. Each child will have their name on the postmark for a week in November with the message: “Ted Lewis-Clark/Arwen Wilson – Winner of Royal Mail’s Christmas Stamp Design Competition.” Ted and Arwen’s postmarks will feature on mail delivered from 7 November and 14 November, respectively. 

This is only the fourth time in the company’s 500-year history that children have designed Christmas stamps.

As with all Special Stamps issued by Royal Mail, both winning designs were approved by HM The Queen.

The winners have both won £1000 and £1000 for their respective schools.

Other Christmas stamps for different postal rates, and a religious-themed issue, will also be available from 7 November 2017.

The stamps will be on sale from 7 November and will be available online at www.royalmail.com/christmas2017 by phone on 03457 641 641 and in all Post Offices throughout the UK.

ENDS

Note to editors

The 12 competition regions are:

1.     London

2.     South East

3.     East of England

4.     East Midlands

5.     West Midlands

6.     North East

7.     North West

8.     South West

9.     Yorkshire and Humberside

10.  Scotland

11.  Wales

12.  Northern Ireland

 

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