Today I've added pages for the next two stamp issues to our website.
The 400th annivesary of the death of William Shakespeare is marked not on the anniversary,
I haven't written much about the 10 x 1st class stamps on the new webpage, and I'm not going to here, because I think they are ghastly!
The 90th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II is marked by a set of 6 stamps, a miniature sheet, a prestige stamp book and a retail booklet to be issued on 21 April. Another retail booklet will be issued on 9 June. The image of the miniature sheet (and hence one of the PSB panes, and the retail booklet) will not be released until the day of issue, but I think it will have wide appeal among fans of our royalty. Once again for a 'royal' issue, the special stamps (3 x 1st class and 3 x £1.52) are a mix of monochrome for the older pictures and colour for the newer.
The April and June retail booklets each contain two stamps from the miniature sheet. The PSB also contains the miniature sheet. The design will be released to the media early, for publication on 21st. This is why the stamps are not being distributed early. Even registered dealers are not getting them to usual timescales unless they are for bulk FDC production.
Collectors who want to produce their own first day covers can send them to one of the Special Handstamp Centres for any FD postmark for a period after they obtain the stamps (either from a PO or from Tallents House).
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