The final set of stamps to feature the lateQueen’s silhouette has been unveiled by Royal Mail.
Elizabeth II’s image will appear on the set of special stamps to mark the 100th anniversary of steam locomotive the Flying Scotsman.
The commemorative set features 12 stamps depicting the National Railway Museum’s famous train in various locations across the UK, including crossing the Ribblehead Viaduct in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and at London’s Victoria Station.
A further miniature set of four stamps feature images of the Flying Scotsman and London North Eastern Railway poster artwork from the 1920s and ’30s, when it first began travelling on British rails.
David Gold, director of external affairs and policy at Royal Mail, said: “Flying Scotsman is a national treasure of engineering and design that conjures up the golden age of steam travel.”
He said the “remarkable locomotive epitomises the romance of rail travel and is loved” by people all over the world.
He added: “We are honoured to mark this landmark milestone with a set of special stamps.”
The Flying Scotsman stamp issue will be the last depicting the late Queen, whose silhouette has been featured on special stamps since 1966.
Stamp illustrator David Gentleman is responsible for the design, adapted from Mary Gillick’s original, which has been in constant use on British stamps since 1968.
Future special stamps will feature a silhouette of King Charles, Royal Mail said.
Earlier this month, Royal Mail revealed the image of the King that willfeature on first and second class stamps.
A portrait of the 74 year old King will appear on stamps for the first time in his role as monarch – and the simple, uncluttered design draws inspiration from stamps that featured the late Queen.
At the time of the announcement, Mr Gold said Royal Mail had received guidance from the King to maintain “continuity” and Charles did not want existing stamp stocks showing the Queen pulped, but used up over time.
The new stamp design features Charles’ head and neck and the King is shown facing left as all monarchs have done since the Penny Black, the world’s first postage stamp, was issued in 1840 with Queen Victoria’s image.
Mr Gold said: “The guidance we got from His Majesty was more about continuity and not doing anything too different to what had gone before.
“I think perhaps there’s an acknowledgement that, for 70 years people have been so used to seeing the image of Her Majesty, even though actually the current image only started in 1967, they didn’t want to do anything too different to what had gone before.
“Personally, I think what marks this stamp out is that there is no embellishment at all, no crown, just simply the face of the human being, on the plain background, almost saying, ‘this is me and I’m at your service’, which I think in this modern age is actually rather humbling.”
Thenew first class stamp will form part of an exhibition at London’s Postal Museum about the nation’s definitive stamps called The King’s Stamp, which runs until September 23.
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