The Royal Mail have revealed new stamps featuring King Charles silhouette

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The Royal Mail has revealed a new set of stamps which will feature The King's silhouette in one corner.

The outline of King Charles' side profile, without a crown, is printed in silver on a new collection of stamps featuring UK flowers. Those featured include a sunflower, sweet pea, rose, iris and dahlia, among others.

The set of 10 stamps go on sale from 23 March, making them the first stamps to feature the new monarch.

Last month, the Royal Mail revealed the new 'everyday stamp' featuring King Charles (8 February), and said it will be available from this April.

The Royal Family shared the new King Charles' stampacross social media, explaining it will be officially available for use from the 4 April onwards.

A post on the Royal Family's official social media account revealed an image of the new first class stamp. It is features a side profile of King Charles in a purple square on the left, alongside a rectangular scanning code on the right.

Unlike the familiar image of Queen Elizabeth II, King Charles does not wear a crown in his portrait.

In a caption, the Royal Family also revealed that the image used for the stamps, "is the same as the effigy which will feature on coins." New coins and notes are yet to be released into circulation.

The post also revealed the history behind the tradition of monarchs on stamps, explaining that it is a tradition which, "started in 1840 with the world’s first adhesive postage stamp, the Penny Black, which featured a portrait of Queen Victoria based on a design by William Wyon, Chief Engraver at the Royal Mint."

Current regular stamps feature the face of Queen Elizabeth II and are still in use, while other special edition and seasonal stamps are periodically released in a range of different designs.

The official coronation of The King and Queen Consort will take place on Saturday 6 May 2023.

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