From Planet Rock.
The Royal Mail is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Queen by launching a very special series of stamps in their honour.
There are a total of 13 different Queen stamp designs available to pre-order in a variety of packages on the Royal Mail website ahead of their official release on Thursday 9th July.
Eight Queen albums feature on the stamps – ‘Queen II’ (1974), ‘Sheer Heart Attack’ (1974), ‘A Night At The Opera’ (1975), ‘News of the World (1977), ‘The Game’ (1980), ‘Greatest Hits’ (1981), ‘The Works’ (1984) and ‘Innuendo’ (1991).
There are also four stamps featuring live shots of Freddie Mercury at Wembley Stadium in 1986, Roger Taylor at Hyde Park in 1976, John Deacon on stage at the Hammersmith Odeon in 1975 on the A Night at the Opera Tour, and Brian May at Népstadion in Budapest, Hungary in 1986 on the Magic Tour.
Completing the stamp collection is an iconic photograph of Queen taken by Johnny Dewe Mathews at the group’s first-ever studio photoshoot in a Primrose Hill studio.
The full set of 13 stamps, available in a Presentation Pack, retails at £16.00.
Package prices range from £4.35 for a Queen Prestige Stamp Book right up to a whopping £699 for a Queen Gold Proof Coin Cover featuring five stamps, a £25 Queen coin struck by the Royal Mint and an individually numbered Coin Cover celebrating Queen’s legendary live shows.
Queen Royal Mail stamps presentation pack
Enthusing about the Royal Mail’s Queen stamps, Brian May says: “It’s hard to put into words what I feel when looking at these beautiful stamps.
“Since we four precocious boys started out on our quest 50 years ago, our lives have been devoted to making our impossible dream come true. Sometimes it’s strange to wake up and realise the position in which we are now held – we have become a national institution! And nothing brings this home more than this incredible tribute from Royal Mail.
“It’s particularly poignant to look at this collection of images now – now that we are all in a world dominated by a coronavirus, in which none of this could have happened. I just know that I feel an overwhelming desire to own one of these sets! Somehow it will be a way of persuading myself that it really DID all happen!”
Roger Taylor adds: “Wow…….stamps featuring our albums! What an honour. We must be really part of the furniture now! Thanks, Royal Mail for stamping on us! In gratitude.”
Royal Mail’s Phillip Barker comments: “With their truly original, theatrical sound and effortless ability to mix musical styles, Queen are rock royalty. We pay tribute to one of the most loved bands of all time with these stunning stamps.
Queen are the third rock band to be honoured by the Royal Mail with stamps, following The Beatles in 2007 and Pink Floyd in 2016.
At the start of the year, Queen became the first band ever to be celebrated with an official commemorative UK coin collection from the Royal Mint.
All 13 Royal Mail Queen stamps:
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Queen ‘Queen II’ Royal Mail Stamp
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Queen ‘Sheer Heart Attack’ Royal Mail Stamp
3 of 13
Queen ‘A Night at the Opera’ Royal Mail Stamp
4 of 13
Queen ‘News of the World’ Royal Mail Stamp
5 of 13
Queen ‘The Game’ Royal Mail Stamp
6 of 13
Queen ‘Greatest Hits’ Royal Mail Stamp
7 of 13
Queen ‘The Works’ Royal Mail Stamp
8 of 13
Queen ‘Innuendo’ Royal Mail Stamp
9 of 13
Freddie Mercury Royal Mail stamp
10 of 13
Brian May Royal Mail stamp
11 of 13
Queen Royal Mail stamp
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John Deacon Royal Mail Stamp
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Roger Taylor Royal Mail stamp
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- Queen - A Night At The Opera - 1st - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £95.00, $129.20, €106.40 (Back In Stock) (arrived 08-Mar-2021 18:53)on March 9, 2021 at 12:39 am
QUEEN A Night At The Opera (1975 UK first press 12-track LP, with picture labels & 'BLAIRS' scratched into the run-off area, their fourth studio album including the classic hit Bohemian Rhapsody, housed in the original embossed gatefold picture sleeve with picture inner with diagonal cut corners. The sleeve shows just a little light storage wear and minor foxing on the inner gatefold, whilst the vinyl shows only the lightest signs of play. A nice example EMTC103)
- Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody - Japanese - 7" vinyl - £40.00, $54.40, €44.80 (New Item) (arrived 02-Mar-2021 08:55)on March 9, 2021 at 12:39 am
QUEEN Bohemian Rhapsody (1975 Japanese wide centred 7" vinyl single, also including I'm In Love With My Car, unique multi-pictured insert with Japanese text biography & lyrics on the reverse P-1430E)
- Queen - Somebody To Love - UK - 7" vinyl - £10.00, $13.60, €11.20 (New Item) (arrived 19-Feb-2021 15:45)on March 9, 2021 at 12:39 am
QUEEN Somebody To Love (1976 UK 7" vinyl single with 'crest' picture labels & four prong centre, also featuring White Man, plain die-cut paper sleeve. The vinyl is Excellent with just light evidence of play EMI2565)
- Queen - News Of The World - 1st - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £35.00, $47.60, €39.20 (New Item) (arrived 22-Feb-2021 11:38)on March 9, 2021 at 12:39 am
QUEEN News Of The World (1977 UK first press 11-track LP, complete with the original die-cut lyric inner. The gatefold picture sleeve shows minimal wear with a little edge scuffing with the odd thin edge split to the inner, a common occurence, &the vinyl is nice & clean & in Excellent condition with just a few faint hairlines not affecting play EMA784)
- Queen - We Are The Champions + p/s - EX - UK - 7" vinyl - £15.00, $20.40, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 22-Feb-2021 16:32)on March 9, 2021 at 12:39 am
QUEEN We Are The Champions (1977 UK 7" single with 'crest' labels & four prong centre, also featuring the classic We Will Rock You, flipback card picture sleeve. The sleeve does show visible ringwear and creasing but no tears or rips & the vinylis excellent with just the lightest evidence of play EMI2708)