Royal Mail is today announcing a special sheet of stamps to commemorate the forthcoming Royal Wedding of His Royal Highness Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton.
The stamps will be available from all Post Office® branches from 21st April 2011, Her Majesty The Queen's birthday.
The stamps feature the official engagement portraits taken by world-renowned photographer Mario Testino on 25th November. The formal image was taken in the Council Chamber of St James's Palace, while the informal image shows the couple in the Palace's
As with all Royal Mail's commemorative stamps, The Queen has given final approval for their issue, with Prince William also involved in the approval of these stamps.
Stephen Agar from Royal Mail said: "We are honoured to be celebrating this very special and historic occasion. We believe that that this set of stamps will be very popular with people both in the
This is the third time Prince William has appeared on a Royal Mail stamp. The Prince featured on a sheet of stamps to celebrate HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother's 100th birthday on 4th August 2000. In 2003, The Prince became the first member of the Royal Family to have a set of stamps produced to celebrate their 21st birthday. The Prince's wedding stamps will deliver another landmark as Prince William is the first of The Queen's grandchildren to have their wedding commemorated on a set of stamps.
The last issue of stamps featuring the Royal family was brought out to commemorate the The Queen's Diamond Wedding Anniversary in October 2007.
The stamp sheet consists of two 1st class stamps and two £1.10 stamps, which capture the couple in both formal and informal poses.
The stamps and other products can be pre-ordered by telephone from 29th March by calling 08457 641 641. The stamps and product range can be viewed online from 29th March at www.royalmail.com/royalwedding and can be ordered online from 7th April. From 21st April the stamps will be on general sale from all Post Office branches and by post from Royal Mail Tallents House.
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The stamps are printed in a miniature sheet, which is also available in a selection of stamp products:
Miniature sheet £3.12
Presentation Pack £3.65
First Day Cover £4.22
Souvenir Cover £7.49
Royal Wedding Coin Cover (Limited edition 10,000) - £17.50
Silver Proof Royal Wedding Coin Cover (Limited edition 500) - £59.95
Gold Proof Royal Wedding Coin Cover (Limited edition 50) - £1,750.00
In addition a special Commemorative Document will be published to mark the Wedding Day itself £9.99
This beautifully illustrated brochure includes a pristine set of the stamps in its miniature sheet, and features the story of how The Prince and Miss Catherine Middleton met.
First Day Cover
This First Day Cover features the miniature sheet affixed to a specially designed envelope and postmarked with a First Day of Issue handstamp. The envelope is personalised with the recipient's name and address. A choice of pictorial handstamps is available, either the Royal Mail Tallents House design or a postmark for London SW1, the location of Westminster Abbey.
First Day Covers may be ordered for an additional 28 days after the issue date i.e. 19th May 2011.
A limited edition Souvenir Cover is also being issued by Royal Mail. Featuring the miniature sheet of stamps affixed and postmarked to a richly designed envelope, the souvenir is completed by a four page booklet that fits inside the cover.
A selection of Coin covers are available featuring the new stamps and the official Royal Mint £5 Crown that has been struck to mark the Royal Wedding.
The Wedding Day itself will be marked by a special Commemorative Document. An illustrated folder featuring images of the couple on their Wedding Day accompanies a limited edition document bearing the miniature sheet of stamps postmarked with a commemorative handstamp of 29 April 2011.
About Royal Mail Stamps
For almost 50 years, Royal Mail's Special Stamp programme has commemorated and celebrated events and anniversaries pertinent to
Stamps and stamp products are available at all Post Offices, or online at www.royalmail.com/stamps and from Royal Mail Tallents House (tel. 08457 641 641),
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