First stamps with King Charles' silhouette revealed in historic floral set

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First stamp with King's silhouette revealedRoyal Mail

The Royal Mail has revealed the first set of special stamps featuring King Charles III's silhouette — and they celebrate the green-fingered monarch's love of horticulture.

Working closely with gardening writer Naomi Slade, the 10 stamps feature striking photographs of flowers grown in UK gardens. Each bloom — including the Sweet Pea, Iris, Lily, Sunflower, Tulip, Peony, Rose and Dahlia — is set against a white background alongside their common names.

The new stamps have been described by The Royal Mail as a "significant milestone in British philatelic history" because they are the first change of silhouette since 1968.

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Royal Mail

"Britain is a nation of gardeners, and a love of flowers runs deep in our collective consciousness. His Majesty is known to be a passionate gardener and we are delighted that the first Special Stamps to feature his silhouette should be a celebration of some of the most popular flowers in British gardens," David Gold, Director of External Affairs & Policy, Royal Mail, said.

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Royal Mail

The full list of flowers are as follows:

  • Sweet pea

  • Iris

  • Lily

  • Sunflower

  • Fuchsia

  • Tulip

  • Peony

  • Nasturtium

  • Rose

  • Dahlia

In keeping with stamp tradition, the King faces to the left. The image is an adapted version of the portrait created by Martin Jennings for the new King Charles coins, and was carefully adjusted and digitally re-lit to make it suitable for use on definitive stamps.

The creation of the new stamps was a collaboration between the illustrator Andrew Davidson, head of Design and Editorial at Royal Mail, Marcus James, and Ian Chilvers, from design agency, Atelier Works.

The stamps are available to pre-order now from A Presentation Pack including all 10 stamps in the set is available on general sale from 23 March and priced at £10.40.

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