Exhibition showcases Britain's definitive stamps


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08 February 2023
A special exhibition at The Postal Museum in London is showcasing the new King Charles III definitive stamps, as well as exploring the history of definitive stamps, from the famous Penny Black through to today.

The new 1st Class stamp of Charles III will form part of an exhibition of Great Britain’s definitive stamps at the Postal Museum, London.

Called ‘The King’s Stamp’, the exhibition coincides with the release of the new King Charles III 1st Class definitive stamp and opens today (8 February) and runs until 3 September 2023.

The display will celebrate the newest stamp design with a unique chance to see a sheet of King Charles III 1st Class definitive before they are in public circulation.  

The exhibition tells the story of definitive stamps from the very first design, the famous Penny Black featuring Queen Victoria, to today.

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Visitors will see rare stamps from the reigns of seven monarchs, including King Edward VII’s Tyrian Plum, which was never released, and Queen Victoria’s Two Penny Blue. It will culminate in the newest design for the reign of King Charles III. 

Visitors can explore how stamps have been designed and produced with works from Edmund Dulac, Bertram Park and Dorothy Wilding. They can also discover how past monarchs have influenced the design process, shaping their royal identity through these ubiquitous objects.  

The exhibition is included with entry to The Postal Museum and is perfect for all ages. For tickets, visit postalmuseum.org