As usual Royal Mail start the stamp programme early in 2016 with a set of stamps marking the exploration of the South Pole by Ernest Shackleton in the Endurance. This set of 8 monochrome stamps will be issued on 7 January, details on our website.
The issue of the premium-priced Commemorative Sheet to mark the Diamond Anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme has been brought forward from the end of the month to 12 January. Two special postmarks have been announced (so far) for the DOE Scheme, which was last marked by a set of 4 stamps issued on 12 August 1981.
Postmarks 13700 and 13701 can be obtained from the London Special Handstamp Centre and their use is not restricted to being used on (stamps from) the sheet. No first day of issue postmarks will be available as the Union Flag stamp was issued earlier.
The subjects depicted on the labels and described alongside are: HRH with the First Directors, First Gold Awards, Programme Launched for Women, HRH Meets Young People, Prince Edward Gets Gold, Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition, and Residential. The sheet costs £14.95 and the Royal Mail product code is AV041.
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