If you are considering jazzing up your stamp collection in the new year, then there is good news for you: Royal Mail has released the calendar for its 2018 Special Stamp programme, which will include tributes to one of the most iconic palaces in the United Kingdom, a beloved comedy series, and the military.
The RAF Centenary, which celebrates the world’s oldest independent air force, will be the subject of 10 stamps that will be issued in March. According to Royal Mail, the stamps will feature six iconic aircrafts from the service over the last 100 years, and an additional four stamps are set to pay tribute to the brilliance of the aerobatic team of the RAF Red Arrows.
In April, a series of stamps will be released as a celebration of the work of conservationists and scientists who have reintroduced six of the once extinct species back into the country, from the big blue butterfly to the osprey.
Dad’s Army, the beloved wartime comedy, turns 50 in 2018, and in June, eight stamps will be issued featuring the leading and much-loved characters from the series.
Meanwhile, September will see the culmination of a five-year landmark series marking centenaries of the First World War. The said set will feature a new interpretation of the poppy image, war art and poetry, and a commemoration of the armed services’ sacrifice.