27 December 2018
From birds of prey to D-Day: Royal Mail have revealed their provisional Special Stamps programme for 2019
GB stamp collectors can look forward to a year of stamps exploring British history and traditions, as Royal Mail reveals its Special Stamps programme for the year ahead.
2019 sees two anniversaries that are sure to loom large in the public’s consciousness over the coming months – the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria and the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landing, each of which will be marked by its own Special Stamps issue. The royal bicentenary will be celebrated with six stamps showing Victoria at various stages in her life, with four stamps commemorating her husband Prince Albert on an accompanying miniature sheet.
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The Second World War D-Day anniversary will be marked with a set of eleven special stamps, one of which will feature a dramatic archive photograph of soldiers wading through the sea at the landing.
The Best of British
Whilst three of this year’s subjects (stamps to be issued in February, March and October) are still to be announced, the new year began with a Stamp Classics issue, covering 150 years of British stamps. Royal Mail then continues the British theme with April’s stamps, featuring birds of prey that breed in the UK. Specially-commissioned images by wildlife photographer Tim Flach will show the birds in flight and close-up, to capture the unique features of each of the birds.
May’s British Engineering stamps will be a celebration of UK excellence in engineering over the past fifty years, focusing on the many engineering disciplines where the UK continues to make its mark around the world.
The May and June stamps will be followed by a look at curious customs (July) and forests (August), with Royal Navy ships spotlighted in September and the year concluding with the traditional release of Christmas stamps in November.
2019 Special Stamp programme
- January: Stamp Classics
- February: to be announced
- March: to be announced
- April: Birds of Prey
- May: British Engineering
- May: Queen Victoria Bicentenary
- June: D-Day
- July: Curious Customs
- August: Forests
- September: Royal Navy Ships
- October: to be announced
- November: Christmas