This year is the 500th anniversary of the postal service, and today Her Majesty is today visiting the Windsor Royal Mail Delivery Office. As the Syndey Morning Herald puts it, subtly, she is pointing out that her lifetime is a modest fraction of the history of this civilised realm. Some of the Royal Mail Choir are going to serenade her – a choir from the BBC reality series Sing While You Work.
The press have duly been briefed and the design of the miniature sheet of 4 x 1st class stamps has been released earlier than expected.
The photograph used for the sheet shows Her Majesty The Queen, His Royal Highness Prince Charles The Prince of Wales, His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales The Duke of Cambridge, and His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge. This represents the line of succession to the throne of the United Kingdom.
The sheet is again a massive 179 x 74 mm, almost impossible to use even on a c5 envelope. The stamps are 27 x 37 mm, and the sheet is printed in litho by International Security Printers.
As previously mentioned, the MS is also included, in a slightly different form, in the prestige stamp book.
The first retail book includes the stamps showing HM The Queen and HRH Prince Charles:
The individual new Machin definitive stamps are the 1st amethyst purple (O16R REIGC) from the above retail booklet, and the 1st red (M16L MPIL) and 1st amethyst purple (O16R REIGP) from the prestige stamp book.
These have been added to our checklist which will be published after our break.
The last blogpost listing the Machin definitive stamps has been updated with these.
PSB Pane - scan of actual pane