Stamps recording the three hundred year existence of Buckingham Palace - previously Buckingham House - will be issued on 15 April 2014. The 6 x 1st class stamps in ordinary sheets show the exterior of the building over the centuries, and the miniature sheet and retail booklet show the opulence of the interior.
Two of the six stamps showing the exterior views:
The Miniature Sheet
The retail booklet
The 6 x1st class sheet stamps are 60 x 30 mm (same size as Olympic Welcome stamps) and will be in sheets of 18/36. Printed by Cartor SP in lithography.
The miniature sheet is 115 x 74 mm with stamps 41 x 30 mm printed by Joh Enschede in lithography.
The retail booklet with 2 x Buckingham Palace stamps and 4 x 1st class red Machins is printed by Walsall Security Printers in gravure.
The Prestige Stamp Book will contain three panes each of 4 x 1st class stamps, and one pane of Machin definitives. The last will contain 2 each of 10p and £1 stamps, and 4 x 20p (making the usual 8 stamps and a label.
The other panes:
UPDATE 14 JUNE
It's so long since stamps in a Prestige Book were different in a major way from those in sheets that there's a tendency not to check. Fortunately the catalogue editors at Stanley Gibbons do just that, and we can confirm that the 6 x 1st class stamps in the PSB are perforated 14 x 13½, while those in counter sheets are perf 14½. The sheet stamps are numbered 3589-94 and the PSB stamps 3589b-3594b.
More details on our website.
UPDATE 8 APRIL
We can now show the definitive stamps from the retail booklet and the PSB:
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