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
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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
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Freddie Mercury Royal Mail stamp
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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, $118.75, €106.40 (New Item) (arrived 22-Oct-2020 10:29)on October 23, 2020 at 12:35 am
QUEEN A Night At The Opera (Scarce 1975 UK first issue 12-track vinyl LP with picture labels and 'BLAIRS' scratched into the run-off area. Their fourth studio album including their classic hit Bohemian Rhapsody. Complete with the card picture inner which has a seam split to the bottom edge, the embossed gatefold picture sleeve has the lyrics inside and shows only minor signs of shelfwear. The labels have just a couple of spindle marks whilst the vinyl remains very clean with littlesigns of play, overall an Excellent example EMTC103)
- Queen - Another One Bites The Dust - 4pr - UK - 7" vinyl - £10.00, $12.50, €11.20 (New Item) (arrived 06-Oct-2020 13:13)on October 23, 2020 at 12:35 am
QUEEN Another One Bites The Dust (1980 UK 7" vinyl single with intact four prong centre, also including Dragon Attack, EMI company die cut paper sleeve EMI5102)
- Queen - Sheer Heart Attack - 1st + Inner - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £65.00, $81.25, €72.80 (Back In Stock) (arrived 02-Oct-2020 10:33)on October 23, 2020 at 12:35 am
QUEEN Sheer Heart Attack (1974 UK first issue 13-track LP, the group's marvellous third studio album including Stone Cold Crazy, Now I'm Here, Killer Queen & Brighton Rock, complete with lyric inner with angle corner cuts, fully laminated picture sleeve with the 'Trident' logo on the reverse. The sleeve has nice & shiny laminate with just a little edgewear, the inner has a small split at the bottom otherwise really nice, the labels have just a few spindle marks whilst the vinyl showsonly light signs of play with a couple of light cosmetic marks, overall a really nice example EMC3061)
- Queen - Innuendo - Injection Moulded - UK - 7" vinyl - £9.99, $12.49, €11.19 (New Item) (arrived 02-Oct-2020 16:33)on October 23, 2020 at 12:35 am
QUEEN Innuendo (1991 UK injection moulded 7" vinyl single, also including Bijou, paper picture sleeve. The sleeve shows only minor wear to the opening edge and the vinyl looks barely played QUEEN16)
- Queen - Queen Live + Obi + Shrink - Japanese - vinyl LP - £150.00, $187.50, €168.00 (New Item) (arrived 05-Oct-2020 09:36)on October 23, 2020 at 12:35 am
QUEEN Queen Live (Rare original 1985 Japanese 12-track vinyl LP - Only issued in a handful of countries, this is an edited version of the 'Live Killers' double album with a unique picture sleeve, complete with fold-out Japanese/ lyric insert & thin red discography obi-strip. The picture sleeve retains its original opened shrinkwrap & the vinyl appears in near 'as new' condition P-13117)