Royal Mail has announced its schedule for its “special stamp program” for 2017. Stamps to be issued include castles, birds, windmills, and more. A tentative issuance schedule is found below the press release. Additional stamp issues are anticipated to be announced at a future date.
[Royal Mail January 2, 2017 Press Release]
ROYAL MAIL REVEALS ITS SPECIAL STAMP PROGRAM FOR 2017
• Royal Mail’s Special Stamp program commemorates anniversaries and celebrates events relevant to UK heritage and life
• Windsor Castle, the world’s oldest and largest occupied castle and an official residence of HM The Queen, will be celebrated with a set of 10 stamps launched in February
• The 1989 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, Desert ‘Dessie’ Orchid is included in Racehorse Legends. The stamp set features original artwork of eight champion horses achieving their greatest wins on UK race courses over six decades
• The Wren, the most common UK breeding bird, is included in the Songbirds issue – featuring 10 beautiful birds that herald spring and summer
Royal Mail’s 2017 Special Stamp program is set to showcase the “Best of British” in a range of subjects from some of the greatest racehorses from the past six decades to beautiful birds that herald spring and summer in the UK.
Windsor Castle, the oldest inhabited castle in world and an official residence of HM The Queen, is celebrated with iconic views of both the interior and exterior of the castle. Featured in the set is an image of the world-famous Round Tower that has dominated the Berkshire skyline for over 800 years.
Racehorse Legends will feature eight champion horses that achieved their greatest wins on UK race courses over the last six decades. The stamp issue features original artwork commissioned by Royal Mail of four flat racers and four national hunt horses captured in action during the course of their iconic wins. Included in the stamp issue is Desert ‘Dessie’ Orchid winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1989.
The Songbirds issue in May will present 10 beautiful birds that herald spring and summer in the UK.
2017 Special Stamp Program
January Ancient Britain
February Windsor Castle
April Racehorse Legends
June Windmills and Watermills
July First World War: 1917
July Landmark Buildings
August Classic Toys