Post Offices issue stamps for royal baby


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07 August 2013
imports_CCGB_australiapostsstampfo_53093.png Australia Post's stamp for the newborn Prince George
A range of stamps have been issued to mark the arrival of the royal baby Prince George who was born on 22 July and becomes the third in the line to the throne ...
A range of stamps have been issued to mark the arrival of the royal baby Prince George.

The Isle of Man Post Office were quick off the blocks with a special stamp sheet, costing £8, featuring £1 stamps showing proud parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge along with a stamp label giving details of the new prince. The sheet also features the Duke's proud words 'We could not be happier' in the margin.

The Isle of Man have also released the following souvenirs: 

• a commemorative cover with gold foil postmark
• a birth announcement card (fully authenticated)
• a mint sheet of stamps, priced £25

Read the news story on the Isle of Man stamps here

Australia Post is also celebrating the birth with the release of an instant stamp sheetlet.

The stamp features an image of the Royal couple leaving St Mary’s Hospital Paddington with their newly-born son and is available in a sheetlet of 10 x 60c stamps.

Australia Post Managing Director and CEO, Ahmed Fahour, said: 'We expect the instant stamps will be well received as was the Royal Wedding instant stamp sheetlet in 2011. We encourage stamp collectors and followers of special events to put their orders in early to avoid disappointment.'

Gibraltar Post issued a stamp weeks after the birth. Showing a photograph of the proud parents and their new son, pictured outside the hospital, the stamp has a £2 value and was printed by BDT International.

In Gibraltar with the permission of the Royal Household, a Notice of Birth was attached to the front gate of The Convent (the official residence of the Governor of Gibraltar since 1728), while, with the Rock as the backdrop, members of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment carried out a 21 gun salute to signal the birth.

Guernsey Post have also announced that it will issue a special commemorative stamp issue to mark the birth of the Royal baby. The commemorative set, comprising a miniature sheet, first day cover and presentation pack, is to be issued following Royal approval.

Dawn Gallienne, head of philatelic at Guernsey Post, said that every Guernsey and Alderney baby who was born on the same day as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first child, would receive the commemorative stamp set, including a framed First Day Cover.  It is understood that three babies were born in Guernsey and one baby was born in Alderney yesterday.

Meanwhile, the Westminster Collection has issued 200 commemorative stamp sheets, officially postmarked with the actual birth date of the new prince.

Each sheet features ten Royal Mail birth announcement stamps and their accompanying 'Congratulations' labels.

See the stamps in detail and read more stamp news stories in the October issue of Stamp & Coin Mart.
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