Tuesday 7 July 2020

Palace of Westminster (30 July); Sherlock (18 August)

The July issue of Royal Mail's Philatelic Bulletin has provided first details of the 30 July issue for the Palace of Westminster, and the 18 August issue entitled 'Sherlock' for which the embargo date is 4 August 2020.

So for the benefit of those who don't have the Bulletin here are the published details. 

30 July - Palace of Westminster

3 x 1st class, 3 x £1.68 in two horizontal se-tenant strips of 3.
Miniature sheet of 2 x 1st class and 2 x £1.63.
Presentation Pack, 2 x FDC, Postcards (11), Press sheet, framed products.

Comment: This follows the pattern of earlier Royal Palace issues, Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, and Hampton Court Palace, except that there is no retail booklet this time.

UPDATE 10 July
Images of these stamps are now available to view on the Commonwealth Stamps Opinion website having been published by one of the cover producers.
UPDATE 20 July: Added to our blog here.

18 August - Sherlock

We can't yet reveal whether this refers to the television programme of the same name, or is simply a generic name for once again marking the work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but I'll leave you to guess!   
UPDATE: Full details and images now here.

Set of 6 - 2 x 1st class, 2 x £1.42, 2 x £1.68 in three vertical se-tenant pairs;
Miniature sheet of 4 stamps, 2 x 1st class, 2 x £1.68.
Presentation Pack, 2 x FDC, Postcards (11), Press sheet,
Retail booklet, Collector's Sheet,
Framed products, Medal Covers.

Like many of the 'entertainment-linked' issues, this one would seem to have many products aimed outside the philatelic community - but in so doing there may be versions of stamps which are different to the regular ones.  Time will tell: at least there is no prestige stamp book!


  1. £1.68s again!

    Might try for the miniature sheet (my post office only gets one miniature sheet these days), and some 1st class. Will they look nice for postage?

  2. I seem to remember that there was supposed to be a Prestige Stamp Book planned for the Palace of Westminster issue. Has this now been dropped or am I just going senile?

  3. Bradbury covers are showing this issue now it looks much the same as the others just a different mimi sheet

  4. Sherlock issue now on the Royal mail site I quite like them.


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