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  • United Kingdom – TutankhamunUnited Kingdom – TutankhamunNovember 30, 2022Royal Mail is marking 100 years since the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb, by British archaeologist Howard Carter, with a new set of 12 Special Stamps. The main set of eight stamps include a selection of some of the most significant and well-preserved items and feature: Head of the king: The head of the king emerging from a lotus flower represents part of the ancient Egyptian creation myth when the infant sun-god Re appears from a lotus flower floating on the primordial waters. Inlaid Fan: Fans provided cool air and shade. Eight were found in the tomb, all beautifully decorated and originally fitted with ostrich feathers (long since perished). Gold Mask: The mask of Tutankhamun is now the most iconic object from the tomb, revealed in October 1925 when the innermost coffin’s lid was opened. Covering the head, neck and upper chest of the king’s wrapped body, the mask’s face is an idealised portrait of the young Tutankhamun. Falcon Pendant: This falcon pendant (or pectoral) portrays the sun-god Re-Harakhty, a merged form of the royal god Horus and the sun-god Re. Lion Couch: When Carter peered into the tomb’s antechamber, the first objects he glimpsed were the “gilded couches in strange forms, lion-headed, Hathor-headed, and beast infernal”. Throne: The ‘gold throne’ was referred to as “perhaps the most important item among the entire contents of the tomb”. The throne is made from gilded wood with gold sheets applied to the seat and backrest, and is lavishly carved and decorated. Boat model: This unique boat model is made from calcite (Egyptian alabaster) and decorated with gold, ivory, faience (ceramic-like material) and coloured pigments. Guardian statue: This imposing life-size statue of Tutankhamun, made of black painted wood with gilded details, shows the king wearing the striped Nemes headdress with the uraeus serpent at the front, the symbol of royal authority. Often referred to as a ‘guardian statue’, it is one of a pair found in the antechamber, positioned on either side of the burial chamber’s sealed doorway. The artefacts, from the Grand Egyptian Museum were photographed by renowned professional photographer of art and architecture, Araldo De Luca. A miniature sheet contains an additional four stamps which capture the discovery of Tutankhamun’s Tomb through a selection of photographs taken by Harry Burton – a pioneer of archaeological photography – whose images evocatively recorded the undisturbed tomb and captivated international audiences. Harry Burton was the only photographer permitted to work inside the tomb during the excavation. Royal Mail worked with Egyptological experts at the Griffith Institute – the centre for Egyptology at the University of Oxford – on the stamp issue. The team there helped curate the eight stamp images, pictures of which were then provided by the Grand Egyptian Museum. The Griffith Institute also provided images for the miniature sheet and wrote the supporting copy for the wider product range. David Gold, Director of External Affairs & Policy, Royal Mail, said: “The discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb by British archaeologist Howard Carter has inspired generations of people around the world. It has shaped historians’ understanding of the religion, rituals and culture of ancient Egypt to this day. We are delighted to have this opportunity to mark the centenary of that moment in these beautiful stamps.” Discovery: In early November 1922, the eyes of the world turned to the Valley of the Kings in Luxor with the announcement of the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb by a team led by Howard Carter and funded by Lord Carnarvon – the first intact royal burial found in Egypt. On 26 November 1922, Carter made a small hole in the sealed inner doorway of the tomb and peered in. He later recalled: “At first I could see nothing, the hot air escaping from the chamber causing the candle flame to flicker, but presently, as my eyes grew accustomed to the light, details of the room within emerged slowly from the mist, strange animals, statues, and gold – everywhere the glint of gold.“When Lord Carnarvon, unable to stand the suspense any longer, inquired anxiously, ‘Can you see anything?’, it was all I could do to get out the words, ‘Yes, wonderful things.’” The tomb contained food and wine, clothing, jewellery and furniture – ritual items to enable the king’s journey into the afterlife. Tutankhamun’s body lay protected within a layered arrangement of four gilded shrines, erected around a sarcophagus containing three nested coffins. On 28 October 1925, Carter lifted the innermost coffin’s lid to reveal the king’s wrapped body; covering the head was what is now the most iconic object from the tomb – a gold mask. As well as a team of experienced Egyptian excavators, Carter and Carnarvon gathered a group of specialists to record and conserve the tomb’s objects, including the photographer Harry Burton from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, whose images evocatively recorded the undisturbed tomb and captivated international audiences. It would take the team ten years to clear, document and conserve over 5,000 objects packed into the small tomb. The objects are in the Grand Egyptian Museum, Cairo, and the excavation documentation is in the archive of the Griffith Institute, the centre for Egyptology at the University of Oxford. [...]
  • United Kingdom – Christmas 2022United Kingdom – Christmas 2022November 8, 2022Royal Mail today reveals its Christmas 2022 stamps, featuring scenes of the Nativity, exclusively illustrated by award-winning artist, Katie Ponder. The six designs reflect Kent-based Katie’s unique style, providing a fresh and contemporary feel to the classic Nativity story.With references to art deco adding a timeless quality to the stamp images, the illustrations this year focus on key moments in the traditional Christmas story – including the journey to Bethlehem and the Magi being guided by the star.  Royal Mail also worked with The Revd Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James’s Church, Piccadilly on the stamp issue. This year’s stamps will be the last Christmas issue to feature the silhouette of the Late Queen Elizabeth. David Gold, Director of External Affairs & Policy, Royal Mail, said: “Our Christmas stamp issue is always much anticipated, and it is one we particularly look forward to. The charming style of these designs sets the perfect tone for the festive season.” The barcodes on this year’s Christmas stamps allow customers to watch a seasonal, themed video created exclusively for Royal Mail by the award winning Aardman studio. The video features Shaun the Sheep and his friends sending some festive cheer to the Farmer’s dog. To choose and view the video, both the sender and recipient should download the Royal Mail App. The sender can select the Christmas video for the recipient to watch just by scanning the stamp barcode — giving that someone special something extra to smile about this Christmas. [...]
  • United Kingdom – Aardman ClassicsUnited Kingdom – Aardman ClassicsOctober 12, 2022Royal Mail today reveal images of a set of stamps that celebrate Bristol based, Aardman’s most popular and beloved animated characters. Eight stamps showcase some of British studio Aardman’s most celebrated characters. They include fan favourites: Wallace and Gromit, Feathers McGraw, Shaun the Sheep, Timmy, Robin, Morph and Chas, Frank the tortoise and Rocky and Ginger.An exclusive miniature sheet, created especially for Royal Mail by Aardman, is also revealed. Wallace and Gromit celebrate four of their favourite ‘cracking’ moments by displaying them proudly on their wall, in their humble abode at 62 West Wallaby Street. Key moments on the stamps include memories from A Matter of Loaf and Death, The Wrong Trousers, A Close Shave and A Grand Day Out. Royal Mail worked closely with Aardman on the stamp issue. David Gold, Director of External Affairs and Policy, Royal Mail said:  “This set of stamps will surely bring a smile to everyone’s face. These instantly recognisable, iconic animated characters have found a place in our hearts. We are certain they will add a bit of joy to any envelope.” Sean Clarke, Managing Director at Aardman, said: “We are delighted to partner with Royal Mail to celebrate some of our most iconic characters in this colourful and fun-packed stamps series. We have had the pleasure of creating these films featuring these much loved characters over the last 40 years, so it is a real honour for the studio to receive this royal stamp of approval. It’s a true testament to all the hard work that goes into making these productions and we are sure that our fans will enjoy them.” Aardman:Aardman is the Bristol-based studio behind some of Britain’s most beloved animated characters, including Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep and the plucky heroines of Chicken Run. Co-founders Peter Lord and David Sproxton began their animation partnership at school when they created a character called ʻAard-manʼ, which the BBC bought for its Vision On series and which marked the advent of Aardman. The two young animators got their big break when they created the shape-shifting clay character Morph for the BBCʼs Take Hart series. Utilising a stop-motion animation technique that involves shaping 3D figures out of modelling clay, the pair achieved international fame when Nick Park joined the company: his films would win four Academy Awards®, making Aardman a household name. The studio’s productions are global in appeal, with recent animated productions including festive holiday specials Robin Robin and Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas, CGI series Lloyd of the Flies, a new stop motion series for pre-schoolers The Very Small Creatures, and a feature length sequel Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget is coming in 2023, plus a brand new Wallace & Gromit film for 2024. [...]
  • United Kingdom – Royal MarinesUnited Kingdom – Royal MarinesOctober 3, 2022Royal Mail today reveal images of a set of stamps that showcase the history and modern-day operations of the Royal Marines. Eight stamps in the main set depict some of the key roles and operations of the Royal Marines today. These include: aviation operations; cold-weather operations; mountain operations; arid-climate operations; commando training; Band Service; amphibious operations; and maritime security operations. A further four stamps are exclusively illustrated for Royal Mail by Graham Turner, a leading military artist. Presented in a miniature sheet, the stamps explore the history of Royal Marines’ uniforms from 1664 through to 1944. The miniature sheet features a backdrop of Denis Nighton’s painting of The Fall of Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar, on the upper deck of ‘Victory’. Royal Mail also worked closely with the Ministry of Defence on the stamp issue. David Gold, Director of Public Affairs and Policy, Royal Mail said:  “Throughout their history the Royal Marines have served around the globe by sea and by land, as sea soldiers and now as commandos. These stamps showcase some of the key roles and operations of the Royal Marines today.” The Royal Marines:  The Royal Marines were formed in 1664 as The Duke of York and Albany’s Maritime Regiment of Foot, and new regiments were raised whenever Britain needed them. In 1755 they became a permanent part of the Royal Navy and throughout their long history have served on land and sea. In 2020 the Royal Marines became the Future Commando Force, their most significant transformation since the Second World War. Today, commandos are ready to deploy anywhere at a moment’s notice, be it warfighting, combat missions or humanitarian duties. They are based close to trouble spots, on special operations, supporting the UK Carrier Strike Groups or supplying special NATO contributions. The Marines have returned to their roots as small groups of determined individuals; self-sustaining and self-sufficient, thinking on their feet, they move fast and with the initiative, cunning and boldness needed to seize opportunities that present themselves when an operation is underway. Royal Marines have the longest infantry training period in the world. Scaling cliffs, finding inaccessible areas adversaries think are secure, coming from the sea in small boats and helicopters, working at night to conduct raids, moving in quickly, taking the enemy by surprise, getting out just as fast – these skills are the key elements of the Force. Marines access areas that aren’t available to ordinary units. Commandos integrate the very latest defence technology: precision missiles, drones, bullet- and blast-proof shields, surveillance and communication systems all build on traditional commando skills, helping to ensure that the Marines are equipped for the 21st century.  [...]
  • United Kingdom – in memory of Her Late Majesty Queen ElizabethUnited Kingdom – in memory of Her Late Majesty Queen ElizabethSeptember 28, 2022Royal Mail today revealed images of four new stamps being issued in memory of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth.All four stamp images were released in the Golden Jubilee stamp issue in 2002. As with all  stamps released during Her Majesty’s reign, they were approved by her for issue in 2002. This is the first set of stamps approved by His Majesty King Charles III. The images feature Her Majesty through the years: 2nd class – photograph taken by Dorothy Wilding in 1952. To mark her accession and coronation, Her Majesty the Queen posed for Wilding 59 times, wearing evening gowns designed by Norman Hartnell. 1st class – photograph by Cecil Beaton – 1968. The Queen is pictured standing in her admiral’s cloak with her head tilted to the left. Cecil Beaton took this stark, simple and direct image of HM The Queen for use in his first major retrospective at the National Portrait Gallery in London. He hoped that the final section of the exhibition would be the highlight and therefore wanted to ‘try something different’ when photographing HM The Queen. There are no familiar regal trappings such as tiaras, jewels or lavish interiors, but despite this simple approach, HM The Queen remains instantly recognisable. £1.85 – portrait of HM The Queen taken in November 1984 by Yousuf Karsh. £2.55 – photograph of HM The Queen taken in 1996 whilst she attended a banquet at Prague Castle during her visit to the Czech Republic. It was taken by Tim Graham. Simon Thompson, CEO, Royal Mail said: “For the past seventy years every British stamp has been personally approved by Her Late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth. Today we are unveiling these stamps, the first to be approved by His Majesty The King, in tribute to a woman whose commitment to public service and duty was unparalleled in the history of this country.” None of the stamps in the issue include the silhouette of The Queen normally required on Special Stamps. This is because The Queen’s image is used in the design of the stamp, therefore removing the need for the silhouette to denote the country of origin. [...]
  • United Kingdom – TransformersUnited Kingdom – TransformersAugust 18, 2022REASON AND INSPIRATION The Transformers – alien robots who can change into vehicles, machinery and weapons – first appeared in toy shops and on TV screens in 1984. Nearly 40 years on, thanks to the addition of comic books, computer games and movies, the likes of Optimus Prime and Megatron have become pop-culture titans.   The story of the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons has been told in many different ways, but the core premise is usually the same: a deadly civil war engulfs the distant metal planet of Cybertron and eventually spreads to Earth.  Key to the warring mechanoids’ success in the UK and Ireland was Marvel UK’s The Transformers comic, which told an epic seven-year story across 332 issues.As well as launching the careers of British writers and artists, ‘TFUK’ inspired fans to follow in their footsteps, with James Roberts, Nick Roche and Jack Lawrence going on to help expand the mythos, establish the definitive origin of the Transformers and reinvent the Robots in Disguise for the 21st century with characters and concepts that endure to this day. STAMPS A set of eight stamps depicting the Autobots and Decpticons in battle scenes over four se-tenant pairsThe original illustrations have been created exclusively for Royal Mail by established comic artists Andrew Wildman (pencils), Stephen Baskerville (inks) and John-Paul Bove (colours)The stamps are printed with a hidden ink which reveals each of the character’s faction logos and names in the Cybertronian alphabet when shone under UV light There’s more than meets the eye with this special set of stamps; Each stamp will trigger a unique Augmented Reality animation including a clip from the original animated TV series. Download the Royal Mail App and choose Scan a Stamp to watch. Stamps – technical details FeatureType/DetailNumber of stampsEightValue of Stamps4 x 1st, 4 x £1.85DesignThe ChaseIllustrationsAndrew Wildman (pencils), Stephen Baskerville (inks) and John-Paul Bove (colours)AcknowledgementsTRANSFORMERS and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. © 2022 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved. Licensed by Hasbro.Stamp FormatLandscapeNumber per sheet30/60Stamp Size50mm x 30mmPrinterCartor Security PrintersPrint ProcessLithographyPerforations14 x 14PhosphorBars as appropriateGumPVA MINIATURE SHEET An additional set of 5 stamps are included on the Miniature Sheet, featuring the five Dinobots; Grimlock, Snarl, Slug, Sludge and SwoopThe original illustrations have been created exclusively for Royal Mail by established comic artists Andrew Wildman (pencils), Stephen Baskerville (inks) and John-Paul Bove (colours) who worked on The Transformers UK comic books Royal Mail Transformers Miniature Sheet Full-Set Miniature Sheet – technical details FeatureType/DetailNumber of stampsFiveValue of Stamps3 x 1st Class, 1 x 2nd Class, 1 x £1.85DesignThe ChaseIllustrationsAndrew Wildman (pencils), Stephen Baskerville (inks) and John-Paul Bove (colours)AcknowledgementsTRANSFORMERS and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. © 2022 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved. Licensed by Hasbro.Format, Size (Perforations)Slug and Snarl: 35mm x 35mm, square (14.5 x 14.5); Swoop and Sludge: 27mm x 37mm, portrait (14 x 14); Grimlock: 35mm x 37mm, portrait (14.5 x 14)Miniature Sheet Size190mm x 67mmPrinterCartor Security PrintersPrint ProcessLithographyPhosphorBars as appropriateGumSelf-adhesive The stamps are available to pre-order now at www.royalmail.com/transformers and by phone on 03457 641 641. The stamps go on general sale on 1 September, with the Presentation Pack, containing all 13 stamps, priced at £17.50. [...]
  • United Kingdom – BIRMINGHAM 2022 COMMONWEALTH GAMESUnited Kingdom – BIRMINGHAM 2022 COMMONWEALTH GAMESJuly 16, 2022Royal Mail today revealed images of a new set of eight dynamic illustrated stamps being issued to mark the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, held in Birmingham and the West Midlands. Designed by artist Charis Tsevis, the vivid images feature illustrations of both male and female athletes competing in a selection of sports and para sports: Aquatics – Diving; Boxing; Para Table Tennis; Para Powerlifting; Gymnastics – Artistic; Cycling – Mountain Bike; Athletics; and Wheelchair Basketball 3×3.Royal Mail collaborated closely with Birmingham 2022 on all elements of the stamps and associated product range.Birmingham 2022 will mark two significant milestones in Commonwealth Games history: the first time a major multi-sport event will award more medals to women than men and the staging of the largest fully integrated para sport programme to date.Held in Birmingham and the West Midlands for the first time, Birmingham 2022 features 19 sports and eight para sports, with 72 nations and territories coming together to compete in 280 medal events. The 22nd edition of the Commonwealth Games, a mass celebration of sport throughout the Commonwealth dating back to 1930, takes place between 28 July and 8 August 2022. Royal Mail has a rich history of issuing stamps to mark the Commonwealth Games being held in the UK. The company has commemorated the British Empire Games 1925, Cardiff 1958, Edinburgh 1970, Edinburgh 1986, Manchester 2002 and most recently, Glasgow 2014, with Special Stamps as lasting souvenirs of the event for collectors and fans. David Gold, Director External Affairs & Policy, Royal Mail, said: “Royal Mail is delighted to be issuing these Special Stamps for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. The Commonwealth Games is one of the biggest multi-sport competitions in the world and it’s fantastic to have the event take place in the UK. These colourful Special Stamps will be our lasting reminder of the occasion.”Ian Reid, CEO at Birmingham 2022, said: “These very special stamps will be a perfect reminder of the excitement and thrill people will have by being part of Birmingham 2022. The commemorative sets are a wonderful way to celebrate the Games and for the whole country to get involved in Birmingham 2022 and our festival of sport and culture!” David Leather, CEO of CGF Partnerships, said: “We are proud that the CGF and Birmingham 2022 have been able to work with Royal Mail to produce these Special Stamps to mark the occasion for the 22nd edition of the Commonwealth Games. It is fantastic to see the rich history of the Royal Mail and the Commonwealth Games continue for Birmingham 2022, as well as offering fans the opportunity to recall wonderful moments and carry memories of each Commonwealth Games.” About the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games    The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, which will be held from 28 July until 8 August 2022, will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to put the city, the region and its people on the global stage.       The Games is already proving to be a catalyst for transformation across the West Midlands, attracting new investment and funding, creating jobs and apprenticeships for local people and new opportunities for local businesses, as well as accelerating projects that will ensure the region is ready to host a fantastic sports and cultural celebration.       Birmingham 2022 will be the Games for everyone, bringing people together from across Birmingham and the region, to provide a warm welcome to millions of visitors during the summer of 2022.     Find out more at www.birmingham2022.com       available on ebay [...]
  • United Kingdom – Celebrating 50 Years of PrideUnited Kingdom – Celebrating 50 Years of PrideJune 24, 2022Celebrating 50 Years of Pride Royal Mail today revealed images of a new set of eight, vibrantly illustrated stamps, being issued to mark the 50th anniversary of the UK’s first Pride rally that took place on 1 July 1972.  Issued exactly 50 years to the day, the stamps celebrate the march that took place from Trafalgar Square to Hyde Park, which was the first to bear the name ‘Gay Pride Rally’. The march was inspired by events in the USA, where the first Pride events had taken place to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York. The stamps, specially commissioned by Royal Mail, were art directed by NB Studio and illustrated by award-winning artist Sofie Birkin. Her illustrations have featured in campaigns for brands such as Nike and Apple.Royal Mail worked with journalist and published author Amelia Abraham on the stamp issue andalso consulted with Royal Mail’s internal LGBT & Friends Network. Beginning in 1972, the stamps tell a story of Pride over time. They depict the first ‘Gay Pride rally’ and early Pride events where participants shouted slogans such as, “Gay is fun! Gay is proud! Gay is beautiful!”, to the more recent update on the traditional rainbow flag, its design encompassing the flags of trans and intersex people, while also referencing the inclusion of LGBTQ+ people of colour.David Gold, Director External Affairs & Policy, Royal Mail said: “The vibrant, colourful Pride events that take place in towns and cities across the UK today trace their origins to a small number of people who marched through central London half a century ago to raise awareness of discrimination and inequality. There have been huge changes in laws and social attitudes, but Pride events continue to play a key role in raising awareness of discrimination, as well as celebrating diversity and individualism.” Pride animation:  The designers of the stamps, NB Studio, have, in collaboration with animation studio, Animade, created a film using the illustrations featured in the stamp issue. The film builds on the diverse and beautiful characters featured on the stamps and draws them together using rich storytelling throughout – which uses complex hand-drawn, frame by frame animation. NB Studio selected Animade to bring Sofie Birkin’s illustrations to life – assisted by NB Studio’s writer Dan Radley, sound engineers Box of Toys and voice actor Layton Williams. Alan Dye, Creative Director at and owner of NB Studio, said “It was a real honour to be asked to design this iconic series for The Royal Mail, as they represent such an important part of British LGBTQ+ history. It was an absolute joy to work with Sofie Birkin who’s work we’ve admired for some time. Watching these beautiful illustrations come to life you could easily imagine yourself as part of the ‘March Through Time…’. Jennifer Judd, co-founder and Managing Director at Animade, said: “This was a joyous project for Animade to be part of and gave us an opportunity as part of our creative industry to do something beautiful to celebrate Pride and the diverse LGBTQ+ community. Animation adds an extra narrative dimension, which helped to bring this important project for Royal Mail to life. Pride in the UK from 1972 to the present: On 1 July 1972, a crowd of people gathered in London’s Trafalgar Square before marching to Hyde Park. This was not the first march for LGBTQ+ rights in the UK; similar protests had taken place in Highbury Fields, Islington, in 1970, and another in Trafalgar Square in 1971. But it was the first with the name ‘Gay Pride Rally’. The inspiration came from the USA, where the first Pride events had taken place to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall riots, the 1969 clash between the LGBTQ+ community and police in New York City. The spirit of Pride was one of defiant visibility. At London’s first event there was even a ‘kiss-in’ – a mass display of same-sex affection, while people at early Pride events chanted slogans such as, “Gay is fun! Gay is proud! Gay is beautiful!” One of their demands was greater legal equality for gay people. Homosexuality was partially decriminalised in England and Wales in 1967, yet police arrests of gay and bisexual men remained common in the years following. Over the course of the first decade of Pride events, calls for basic safety and freedom were a priority; during Gay Pride Week in 1978, pamphlets were distributed to raise awareness of violent assaults on the LGBTQ+ community, such as the National Front’s then recent attack on the popular South London LGBTQ+ venue the Royal Vauxhall Tavern. During the 1980s, an increased climate of homophobia in the wake of the AIDS epidemic meant that attacks on LGBTQ+ people in the UK continued. The health crisis also sparked new Pride events, such as Manchester Pride, which began as an AIDS fundraiser.  Throughout the 1990s, Pride spread across the UK. Pride Scotia launched in Scotland, with annual marches alternating between Edinburgh and Glasgow, and the first Cardiff Pride followed in 1999.  In the 2000s, attendance at Pride in London grew alongside increasing support for LGBTQ+ rights, and more events were launched under the Pride banner. In 2002, same-sex couples won the right to adopt; two years later, same-sex civil partnerships were legalised. In 2013, an even more historic shift took place when the law was changed to allow same-sex marriage. The following year, Pride began to attract large corporate sponsorships, signalling its increased mainstream acceptance. By 2015, Pride in London, as it was now known, attracted a million people, and it continued to grow in the years following, until Pride celebrations had to be cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Today, Pride in London remains the main event in the UK, though many others are flourishing across the country.  The stamps are available to pre-order from today (23 June) www.royalmail.com/pride, by phone on 03457 641 641 and at 7,000 Post Offices across the UK. They go on general sale on 1 July. A Presentation Pack, containing all eight stamps, is priced at £12.96 Freddie Mercury’s childhood stamp album to be displayed at London’s Postal Museum: The Postal Museum in London is to display one of Freddie Mercury’s childhood possessions – his stamp album – for the first time.The album will be on display in the museum from 13 July until 30 October this year and is part of the celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the UK Pride movement.  The 54-page album consists predominately of stamps from the British Commonwealth and reveals not only Freddie’s early life in Zanzibar, but also his artistic talent.  For more information on the exhibition, visit www.postalmuseum.org/visit-us/    available on ebay [...]