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
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Queen ‘The Game’ Royal Mail Stamp
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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
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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 - News Of The World - Japanese - SHM CD - £24.99, $31.24, €27.99 (New Item) (arrived 09-Jul-2020 11:19)on July 9, 2020 at 6:18 pm
QUEEN News Of The World (2013 Japanese 11-track digitally remastered SHM-CD [Super High Material CD - playable on all CD players]. The groups sixth studio album originally released in 1977, including the singles We Are the Champions, We Will Rock You and Spread Your Wings; within a mini replica gatefold LP style card picture sleeve with a replica card inner sleeve, lyric booklet, replica obi-strip and SHM-CD series obi UICY-75889)
- Queen - News Of The World: 40th Anniversary Edition - UK - box set - £85.00, $106.25, €95.20 (Back In Stock) (arrived 09-Jul-2020 11:11)on July 9, 2020 at 6:18 pm
QUEEN News Of The World: 40th Anniversary Edition (2017 UK 40th Anniversary Edition MULTI-FORMAT [1-LP/3-CD/1-DVD] box set comprising a Pure Analogue Re-cut of the 11-track vinyl LP, an 11-track remastered CD album, an 11-track Raw Sessions CDalbum and a 19-track CD collection of bonus tracks , plus The American Dream 56-minute documentary NTSC DVD featuring previously unreleased footage from Queen's famous 1977 show in Houston, Texas. Also includes a 60-page hardback book with previously unreleased photographs along with a Press Kit, three posters, sticker sheet and a 1977 replica tour laminate. This example has a light scuff to one corner, however remains sealed in the hype stickered shrink)
- Queen - A Night At The Opera - Japanese - SHM CD - £24.99, $31.24, €27.99 (New Item) (arrived 09-Jul-2020 11:09)on July 9, 2020 at 6:18 pm
QUEEN A Night At The Opera (2013 Japanese limited edition 12-track digitally remastered SHM-CD [Super High Material CD - playable on all CD players]. The groups fourth studio album produced by Roy Thomas Baker and Queen, it was reportedly the most expensive album ever recorded at the time of its release, featuring the singles Bohemian Rhapsody and You're My Best Friend, within a mini replica embossed gatefold card LP style picture sleeve, with replica card inner, lyric booklet, replica obi-strip and SHM-CD series obi-strip UICY-75767)
- Queen - A Kind Of Magic - VG - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $18.75, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 08-Jul-2020 12:07)on July 9, 2020 at 6:18 pm
QUEEN A Kind Of Magic (1986 UK 9-track LP, the eleventh studio album featuring the singles Who Wants To Live Forever, A Kind of Magic, Princes Of The Universe & One Vision, complete with illustrated lyric inner, gatefold picture sleeve. The sleeve & vinyl grade VG+ with some light shelf wear & faint paper hairline scuffs to show play EU3509)
- Queen - Queen - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $18.75, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 08-Jul-2020 12:04)on July 9, 2020 at 6:18 pm
QUEEN Queen (1981 UK Fame issue of the debut 1973 10-track LP, including the single Keep Yourself Alive. The glossy picture sleeve & vinyl are Excellent with light signs of wear & play FA3040)