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Guy Thomas  |  Aug 07, 2018  |  0 comments

Royal Mail will mark the 250th anniversary of one of the greatest voyages of discovery in history on August 16, with the Captain Cook set of six counter sheet stamps and the Endeavour Voyage miniature sheet of four.

Lieutenant James Cook set sail from Plymouth on August 26, 1768, on the first of his three famous voyages to the outer reaches of the known world.

Also on board HMB Endeavour were nearly 100 men, including astronomers, artists and scientists.

Guy Thomas  |  Jul 22, 2018  |  0 comments

Royal Mail will issue a set of six stamps and a four-stamp miniature sheet devoted to Hampton Court Palace on July 31.

Located beside the River Thames west of London, this is the most extensive surviving Tudor building in England, and one of the grandest palaces in Britain, ranked among its top historic tourist attractions.

Given by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey to King Henry VIII, who loved it as a place to hold court and go hunting, it was developed into the most modern royal residences of the early 16th century.

Guy Thomas  |  Jun 26, 2018  |  0 comments

Royal Mail issued a set of eight stamps on June 26 celebrating the 50th anniversary of the BBC television sitcom Dad's Army.

Written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft, Dad's Army ran for nine series, adding up to 80 episodes in total, broadcast between 1968 to 1977.

In its heyday it attracted more than 18 million viewers, making it one of the most popular series ever; offshoots included a radio version and a feature film.

Guy Thomas  |  Jun 04, 2018  |  0 comments

The 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy of Arts is marked by a set of stamps issued on June 5.

Royal Mail specially commissioned works of art by six current Royal Academicians, several of which give a personal impression of the organisation’s famous Summer Exhibition, which has been held every year since 1769.

Founded in 1768 by King George III, the RA is an independent, privately funded institution, with charitable status, led by eminent artists and architects, whose aim is to promote the visual arts.

Guy Thomas  |  May 15, 2018  |  0 comments

Royal Mail has produced a miniature sheet of four stamps to celebrate the Royal Wedding of Prince Henry of Wales and Meghan Markle in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19.

Announced only four days in advance, it will be issued on the day of the wedding, although this is a Saturday.

Comprising two 1st class and two £1.

Guy Thomas  |  May 10, 2018  |  0 comments

Royal Mail’s upcoming stamp issue, released on May 11, is devoted to Owls.

It features the five species of owl which live and breed regularly in Britain, by way of one se-tenant strip of five illustrating adults and another showing juveniles.

Usually hunting for small mammals at night, owls are among the most successful predators in the bird world, thanks to eyesight which excels in low-light conditions, acute hearing and the ability to fly almost silently.

Guy Thomas  |  Apr 14, 2018  |  0 comments

A set of six stamps to be issued on April 17 will celebrate wildlife which has been successfully reintroduced into Britain following its extinction in the wild.

In the past two centuries it is estimated that more than 400 species of animals and plants have disappeared from the UK, usually due to the loss, degradation or fragmentation of their natural habitats.

Thanks to the efforts of conservationists, scientists and volunteers, however, a number of programmes have successfully reintroduced some to their former environments, where they are flourishing once more.

Guy Thomas  |  Mar 20, 2018  |  0 comments

Royal Mail will celebrate the centenary of the Royal Air Force with a set of six counter-sheet stamps and a four-stamp miniature sheet on March 20.

Established on April 1, 1918, through the merger of the Royal Flying Corps (the air arm of the British Army) and the Royal Naval Air Service (the air arm of the Royal Navy), the RAF is the world’s oldest independent air force, in the sense that it is not controlled by another branch of the military.

It played major roles in winning World War I and World War II (not least in protecting Britain from invasion by Germany in 1940), in projecting British power during the Cold War, and in waging more recent conflicts such as the Falklands War, the Gulf War, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Guy Thomas  |  Feb 06, 2018  |  0 comments

With the Votes for Women issue on February 15, Royal Mail will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which granted women the right to vote in parliamentary elections for the first time.

The campaign for women's suffrage had taken almost a century, with the first petitions presented in parliament in 1832 and 1966.

It gathered momentum towards the end of the 19th century with the establishment of two prominent pressure groups.

Guy Thomas  |  Jan 09, 2018  |  0 comments

Royal Mail will issue a set of 15 stamps on January 23 featuring the popular television fantasy series Game Of Thrones.

It said the 10 gummed sheet stamps and five-stamp self-adhesive miniature sheet were produced ‘to celebrate the significant British contribution to the production of the award-winning drama series’.

Commissioned by the American television network HBO, co-created by the American producers David Benioff and Daniel Weiss, and based on novels by the American author George R R Martin, Game Of Thrones has been filmed to a large extent at Titanic Studios inBelfast, and partly on location elsewhere in Northern Ireland, in Scotland and in other European countries.

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