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500 years of Royal Mail

The beginnings of Royal Mail

2016 commemorates 500 years since Henry VIII knighted Brian Tuke, the first Master of the Posts, in 1516.

As you would expect from any institution that has been around for 500 years, there are a number of significant dates in our history. The knighting of Brian Tuke was the catalyst for the creation of the Royal Mail we know today. Tuke had the influence and authority to establish key post towns across the country and build out a formal postal network.

We've launched a website where you can find out about our transition from an exclusive band of King’s Messengers to today’s national network, which connects consumers, companies and communities across the UK. You can also track the development of transportation of the mail, from horseback messengers to rail, ship and plane.

Visit www.royalmailgroup.com/500years to find out more.

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