Royal Mail commemorates Charles’ coronation with four new stamps.
The sticky-backed essentials depict the king being crowned and celebrate the multi-religious and biological causes that made Charles his life’s work.
Based on newly commissioned wood engravings by artist Andrew Davidson, the set envisions St Edward’s Crown being lowered onto Charles’ head by the Archbishop of Canterbury at the moment of the coronation.
Royal Mail is also requesting a special cancellation to be stamped on letters in honor of the royal occasion.
It will read: “Coronation of Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla, 6th May 2023” and will run from April 28th to May 10th.
On the ‘The Coronation’ stamp, the scene is printed in royal purple ink and is set in front of Westminster Abbey, with fireworks as a gun salute is fired and the crowd watching the ceremony and celebrating at a street party.
The 1st class stamp depicts the effigy of the monarch holding the scepter with dove and scepter with cross and seated on the coronation chair.
The other three stamps represent Diversity and Community, The Commonwealth, and Sustainability and Biodiversity.
Charles has campaigned on climate change and the environment for decades, is known for his commitment to promoting multi-religious tolerance and is leader of the Commonwealth.
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The historic coronation of Her Majesties King Charles III. and Queen Camilla takes place at Westminster Abbey on Saturday 6th May 2023.
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The 1st Class diversity and community mark in blue ink features figures representing the Jewish, Islamic, Christian, Sikh, Hindu and Buddhist religions and Royal Mail described them as representing all faiths and none.
The background scene captures both rural and urban Britain and the various places of worship found across Britain including a church and a mosque.
The £2.20 Commonwealth stamp in red ink features a Commonwealth meeting, a depiction of the Commonwealth Games, some of the flags of the Commonwealth nations, a scene representing trade and commerce and a Commonwealth war graves cemetery.
On the £2.20 Sustainability and Diversity stamp, the ink is green and the engraving shows a beekeeper and a hedge-layer.
The backdrop is a natural landscape with sustainable farming practices and renewable energy sources such as hydroelectric power and solar panels.
This is only the third time in history that Royal Mail has issued stamps to mark a coronation.
The two previous occasions were for King George VI in 1937 and Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
Simon Thompson, Chief Executive of Royal Mail, said: “Royal Mail is proud to issue this set of commemorative stamps celebrating the Coronation and some of the causes His Majesty championed throughout his many years of public service.
“This is only the third time we have issued Coronation Stamps and I am delighted that they mark the beginning of a new reign and a new chapter in our history.”
The stamps designed by Atelier Works can be viewed ahead of general release at the Postal Museum in London from April 28 as part of The King’s Stamp – The Postal Museum exhibition.
A presentation pack containing all four stamps costs £7.50 and the stamps will go on general sale on Coronation Day, May 6th.
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