Prince Charles to chair judging of Royal Mail's children's Christmas Stamp Design competition

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05 September 2013
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imports_CCGB_441px-prince-charles-2012_55843.jpg Prince Charles to chair judging of Royal Mail's children's Christmas Stamp Design competition
His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales is to chair the judging of a nationwide children's Christmas Stamp Design competition, Royal Mail has announced. ...
His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales is to chair the judging of a nationwide children's Christmas Stamp Design competition, Royal Mail has announced.

Prince Charles will be part of a panel of judges who will pick two winning designs to feature on two of this year’s First and Second Class Christmas stamps. More than 240,000 entries have been received for the contest, dwarfing entries to two previous stamp design competitions from Royal Mail which attracted 5,000 entries (1966) and 74,000 91981).

The Prince will be view the final shortlist of 24 designs created by children aged between four and eleven year-old who have made the final stage of the competition, and will help choose the two winners. The final shortlist comprises of two winners from each of the twelve competition regions. The two overall winners – one each from the 4-6 and 7-11 age groups - will see their designs feature on this year’s First and Second Class Christmas stamps.

The Prince will be joined by Royal Mail’s Chief Executive Officer, Moya Greene, the author of the Charlie and Lola series, Lauren Child, Royal Mail’s Head of Stamp Design, Marcus James, and Tasveer Shemza, who was just six when she designed one of Royal Mail’s first ever Christmas stamps in 1966. The judging will take place in the autumn with the two winners announced shortly afterwards.

Prince Charles said: 'I am delighted to be helping judge this wonderful competition which gives children from across the United Kingdom the amazing opportunity to share their creativity and have their designs on this year’s Christmas stamps.

'It will be a real pleasure to look through some of the ideas submitted and to see the final two winning stamps once they are produced.'

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