06 May 2023
Royal Mail has issued four new stamps to mark the Coronation of Their Majesties King Charles and Queen Camilla at Westminster Abbey on 6 May 2023.
The stamps illustrate the Coronation ceremony and the traditional street party, as well as some of the causes His Majesty has dedicated his years of public service to:
- cultural diversity and community
- the global ties of the Commonwealth
- which he now leads
- and sustainability and biodiversity
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Simon Thompson, Chief Executive of Royal Mail said:
‘Royal Mail is proud to issue this set of commemorative stamps which celebrate the Coronation, and some of the causes which His Majesty has 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 start of a new reign and a new chapter in our history.’
This is only the third time in history that Royal Mail has issued stamps to mark a Coronation. The previous two occasions were for King George VI in 1937 and Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
The stamps were designed by Atelier Works and feature newly commissioned wood engravings by British artist Andrew Davidson.
The Miniature Sheet background design, also featuring a newly commissioned wood engraving by Andrew Davidson, depicts intermingling foliage, symbolic of the four countries of the UK: the rose, thistle, daffodil, and shamrock.