Royal Navy Ships: Royal Mail stamps, 23 September 2019

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18 September 2019
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Eight illustrated ships that span five centuries of history are at the heart of Royal Mail’s newest issue – Royal Navy Ships, celebrating the work of Britain’s oldest armed force – the ‘senior service’.

Eight illustrated ships that span five centuries of history are at the heart of Royal Mail’s newest issue – Royal Navy Ships, celebrating the work of Britain’s oldest armed force – the ‘senior service’.

 

As an island nation, Britain’s prowess in ship design and navigation has played a key part in our history. From the splendour of Henry VIII’s proudly commissioned Mary Roseto the still-to-be-launched HMS Queen Elizabeththat carries the Tudor rose as its crest, Britons can be rightly proud of the Royal Navy’s ships and the men and women who have served on them over the centuries. 

Royal Navy ships

 

The eight ships featured on the stamps are presented in horizontal se-tenant pairs, with each vessel shown at sea. The medium of painting has been chosen for this issue, giving a sense of drama and rich colour and allowing us to appreciate each of these ships at a golden era in their history. The paintings are brought to life by the figures on board shown carrying out their allotted tasks, whether participating in a high-action sea battle or maintaining the craft. Their size when compared to the ship on which they serve shows us the scale and splendour of these remarkable ships.

 

Stamp details

 

Issue date: 19 September 2019

Design: Hat trick design

Printer: International Security Printers

Print process: Lithography

Perforations: 14 x 14.5

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Gum: PVA

Stamp size: 37mm x 35mm

 

1st    HMS Mary Rose, 1511

1st    HMS Queen Elizabeth, 2014

£1.35  HMS Dreadnought, 1906

£1.35  HMS Victory, 1765

£1.55  HMS Warrior, 1860

£1.55 HMS Sovereign of the Seas, 1637

£1.60  HMS Beagle, 1820

£1.60   HMS King George V, 1939

 

WIN! For your chance to win one of ten Royal Navy Ships presentation packs courtesy of Royal Mail, click here to enter our competition.