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:
1 of 13
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
12 of 13
John Deacon Royal Mail Stamp
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Roger Taylor Royal Mail stamp
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- Queen - Hot Space - UK - vinyl LP - £25.00, $35.25, €29.00 (Back In Stock) (arrived 17-Jun-2021 08:07)on June 18, 2021 at 12:10 am
QUEEN Hot Space (1982 UK 11-track vinyl LP including Under Pressure, Staying Power, Body Language & Las Palabras De Amor, complete with illustrated lyric inner, picture sleeve. The sleeve shows just a little light shelfwear & the vinyl remainsin superb condition with few signs of play EMA797)
- Queen - A Kind Of Magic - UK - tour programme - £25.00, $35.25, €29.00 (New Item) (arrived 04-Jun-2021 16:18)on June 18, 2021 at 12:10 am
QUEEN A Kind Of Magic (Official 1986 UK 36-page 13½" x 9" tour programme featuring tour dates & articles, rare, candid, concert & publicity photographs, with a glossy cover. This copy still has the fan club form attached and shows just a little wear to the cover)
- Queen - A Day At The Races - 3rd - Price Attack Stickered - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $21.15, €17.40 (New Item) (arrived 26-May-2021 11:28)on June 18, 2021 at 12:10 am
QUEEN A Day At The Races (Early 80s UK third issue of the 1976 10-track vinyl LP, the fifth studio album from the legendary British band, including Tie Your Mother Down, Somebody To Love and Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy, complete with pictureinner, 'Price Attack!' stickered glossy gatefold picture sleeve. The sleeve displays some minor general wear and the vinyl has just the odd light signs of play, overall an excellent example EMTC104)
- Queen - Greatest Hits In Japan - Japanese - 2-disc CD/DVD set - Promo - £59.99, $84.59, €69.59 (New Item) (arrived 27-May-2021 16:19)on June 18, 2021 at 12:10 am
QUEEN Greatest Hits In Japan (Rare 2020 Japanese promo sample issue of the limited edition 12-track SHM-CD compilation album, issued to radio stations and reviewers ahead of the actual release date. Comprising a collection of their tracks as selected exclusively by their Japanese fans, including Somebody To Love, Teo Torriatte [Let UsCling Together], TheShow Must Go On, Bohemian Rhapsody, Keep Yourself Alive and more. This edition also includes a bonus NTSC All Region DVD featuring videos for the same songs including Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together) recorded live at the Seibu Stadium in Tokyo on the 3rd Novermber 1982, and The March Of The Black Queen live at the Hammersmith Odeon in London on the 24th December 1975; with a custom stamped inner rim on each disc, housed in a thin double jewel case with picture sleeve, back inlay and promo stickered obi-strip UICY-79059)
- Queen - Flash Theme - Japanese - 7" vinyl - £25.00, $35.25, €29.00 (New Item) (arrived 28-May-2021 12:23)on June 18, 2021 at 12:10 am
QUEEN Flash Theme (1980 Japanese wide centred 'caterpillar' label 7" vinyl single, also including Football Fight, complete with the yellow movie logo picture insert with Japanese text notes & English lyrics printed on the reverse. The insert displays minimal wear whilst the vinyl shows light signs of play P-655E)