Stamp release calendar

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2017

  • 06 January Alice in Wonderland

    Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll’s classic book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Royal Mail commissioned illustrator Grahame Baker-Smith, winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal, to illustrate 10 key scenes from the book. Art-directed by Godfrey Design, Baker-Smith offers a fresh, lively interpretation of unforgettable characters such as the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat and Alice herself, making the story come to life with new vivacity.

  • 20 January Smilers

    The range of stamps that customers can choose is refreshed from time to time to give them greater choice and to allow them to celebrate a wider variety of life events. The last time the Smilers® stamp range was updated was in 2010 but on 20th January 2015 Royal Mail is introducing eight new 1st Class Smilers® stamps including versions for sending to mums and dads.

  • 19 February Inventive Britain

    The United Kingdom has a long and rich history as an inventive nation. The Inventive Britain stamp issue celebrates this vital and creative aspect of the national character with eight key inventions of the past century in a range of disciplines and applications.

  • 05 March Bridges

    The Bridges stamp issue celebrates the leaps in engineering that have seen the UK’s bridges evolve from humble stone crossings to dramatic symbolic landmarks conceived by progressive architects.

  • 01 April Comedy Greats

    The British sense of humour is celebrated with the Comedy Greats issue. The set features iconic comedians who have provided some of the nation’s most memorable laugh-out-loud moments in television, film and theatre history, including one of the nation’s best loved comedy duos, The Two Ronnies.

  • 18 June The Battle of Waterloo

    The culmination of more than two decades of war, this was not just one of the most famous battles in British history, it was arguably one of the most far-reaching, as it led to the birth of modern day Europe. We are proud to mark the bicentenary of that pivotal battle with a Special issue that explores the key events of the day through six Special Stamps, together with a Miniature Sheet that honours the rank and file of both Allied and Napoleonic forces.

  • 16 July The 75th Anniversary of The Battle of Britain

    Between July and October 1940 the skies over southern England were the stage for the first decisive air battle in history, as the RAF defended our island nation from the numerically superior forces of the Luftwaffe. We commemorate the 75th anniversary of this pivotal battle with a Special issue that pays tribute to all those involved from the ground crews that kept our planes in the air to the WAAFs who plotted their courses in the Ops Rooms.

  • 18 August Bees

    Bumblebees, Honeybees and solitary bee species are the unsung heroes of Britain’s ecology: pollinating our food crops, keeping farms in business and enabling our parks, gardens and countryside to thrive. It would be impossible to underestimate the significance of bees, or their worrying decline. This vibrant Special issue features two First Day Covers, as well as a fascinating Presentation Pack, written by leading bee authority Professor Dave Goulson.

  • 09 September Long to Reign Over Us

    On Wednesday 9 September 2015, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth became the longest-reigning UK monarch, as she surpassed the 63 years and 216 days achieved by Queen Victoria by a day. This is such an important milestone in British history that we felt it was worthy of becoming a very special addition to the 2015 Stamp Programme.

  • 18 September Rugby World Cup 2015

    This year England will host the much anticipated eighth Rugby World Cup. To commemorate this great event, we have created a Special issue of eight stamps, each showing an important aspect of play. These were illustrated by Geoff Appleton, in gritty, uncompromising monochrome; using unusual angles and compositions that place the viewer in the midst of the action.

  • 20 October Star Wars

    These stunning stamps explore the Light Side and the Dark Side of the Force.

  • 03 November Christmas 2015

    The six 2015 Christmas stamps depict scenes from the Biblical story of the Nativity from the Annunciation through to the journey of the Magi and the birth of Christ.

  • 07 January Shackleton and the Endurance Expedition

    The stamps mark the remarkable story of survival of Ernest Shackleton and the crew of the Endurance. Shackleton’s heroism and resourcefulness have made him one of the most celebrated sailors and leaders of all time.

  • 17 February Royal Mail 500

    2016 marks 500 years since Henry VIII knighted the first ‘Master of the Posts’ Brian Tuke, the catalyst for the creation of the postal service we know today. These Special Stamps are issued to celebrate this landmark anniversary.

  • 15 March British Humanitarians

    The set of six stamps honour those who have devoted their energies to helping and protecting others in the UK and abroad.

  • 05 April Shakespeare

    These stamps mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and pay tribute to his genius through his immortal words and poetry.

  • 21 April HM The Queen’s 90th Birthday

    These stamps celebrates the 90th birthday of HM The Queen. Three of the stamps focus on Her Majesty’s family life, and three more honour The Queen’s official work for the country.

  • 17 May Animail

    Featuring six endearing animal characters that thanks to special die cutting will wrap around an envelope or cling on to a postcard.

  • 21 June The First World War 1916

    The third part of a five year commemorative programme marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

  • 07 July Pink Floyd

    These stamps celebrate Pink Floyd, one of the most successful and influential British rock bands of all time. The stamps feature their iconic album covers: The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn; Atom Heart Mother; The Dark Side Of The Moon; Wish You Were Here; Animals and The Endless River.

  • 28 July Beatrix Potter

    These stamps celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter.

  • 16 August Landscape Gardens

    Celebrating the splendid landscape gardens of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, on the 300th anniversary of his birth.

  • 02 September The Great Fire of London

    Issued to mark 350th anniversary of The Great Fire of London, the stamps re-tell the story in a graphic novel style, evoking the high drama of those days while ensuring a high degree of historical accuracy.

  • 15 September Agatha Christie

    Marking the timeless characters and absorbing mysteries of ‘The Queen of Crime’, Agatha Christie

  • 20 October Mr. Men Little Miss

    10 Special Stamps to celebrate the Mr. Men Little Miss series of books.

  • 10 November Christmas 2016

    Marking 50 years of Royal Mail Christmas stamps with a Special issue that celebrates some of our most popular festive traditions – from decorating a Christmas tree to making a snowman

  • 17 January Ancient Britain

    These eight stamps feature some of the most inspiring objects and atmospheric sites of British prehistory. They explore how people lived in prehistoric times and depict famous iconic sites as well as some of the most exceptional artefacts from around the UK.

  • 14 March David Bowie

    These 10 Special Stamps honour David Bowie – one of the most influential music and cultural figures of all time.

  • 06 April Racehorse Legends

    The stamps feature original artwork of eight champion horses achieving their greatest wins on UK race courses over six decades.

  • 04 May Songbirds

    Special Stamps featuring beautiful depictions of songbirds that fill the British countryside with song that defines the British spring and early summer.

  • 05 June The Machin Definitive 50th Anniversary

  • 20 June Windmills and Watermills

  • 13 July Landmark Buildings

  • 31 July The First World War 1917

    Our five-year commemoration of the First World War has now reached 1917, which saw the US enter the conflict, new challenges at sea and the will of our soldiers being tested like never before.

  • 22 August Classic Toys

  • 14 September Ladybird Books

    Featuring images of the popular and much-loved Ladybird books that helped generations of children to learn to read.

  • 12 October Star Wars

    The stamps feature images of new and classic droids and aliens that have appeared across the iconic films.

  • 07 November Christmas 2017

    There are two distinct themes for the Christmas 2017 issue. Eight stamps feature portrayals of the Madonna & Child and four stamps show the two winning designs from Royal Mail's Children’s Design Competition.

  • 20 November The Royal Wedding: Platinum Anniversary

    These stamps commemorate the 70th Wedding Anniversary of HM The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.

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