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
2 of 13
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 - Sheer Heart Attack - 1st + Inner - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £65.00, $89.05, €76.05 (New Item) (arrived 27-Sep-2021 17:10)on September 28, 2021 at 2:37 am
QUEEN Sheer Heart Attack (1974 UK first issue 13-track vinyl LP, their marvellous third studio album including Stone Cold Crazy, Now I'm Here, Killer Queen & Brighton Rock. The fully laminated picture sleeve has the 'Trident' logo on the reverse and shows just light laminate wear but comes complete with the lyric inner which displays angle-cut corners and the trident on both sides with the 'G&L' credit printed below and has just a minor seam split to the bottom however, the vinyl itself remains in excellent condition with minimal spindlewear showing light play EMC3061)
- Queen - The Works - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $20.55, €17.55 (New Item) (arrived 21-Sep-2021 17:24)on September 28, 2021 at 2:37 am
QUEEN The Works (1984 UK 9-trackvinyl LP including Radio Ga Ga and I Want To Break Free. The picture sleeve has some age foxing, shelfwear and a small area of residual sticker wear to the front but comes with the lyric inner while the vinyl remains in excellent condition WORK1)
- Queen - News Of The World - 1st - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £35.00, $47.95, €40.95 (New Item) (arrived 10-Sep-2021 09:45)on September 28, 2021 at 2:37 am
QUEEN News Of The World (1977 UK first press 11-track vinyl LP, their classic sixth studio album including the singles We Are The Champions / We Will Rock You and Spread Your Wings. The gatefold picture sleeve has just light shelfwear to the edges complete with the original die-cut lyric inner (showing a small seam split) while the vinyl looks barely played EMA784)
- Queen - News Of The World - 180gram Vinyl - UK - vinyl LP - £20.00, $27.40, €23.40 (New Item) (arrived 10-Sep-2021 11:41)on September 28, 2021 at 2:37 am
QUEEN News Of The World (2015 UK/EU limited edition remastered issue of their 1977 11-track LP pressed on Half Speed Mastered Audiophile Quality 180gram Heavyweight Black Vinyl, including the singles We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions. The gatefold picture sleeve has just a little light corner wear but comes with the lyric inner which is designed to look die-cut and the vinyl looks barely played)
- Queen - Sheer Heart Attack - UK - vinyl LP - £30.00, $41.10, €35.10 (New Item) (arrived 13-Sep-2021 12:10)on September 28, 2021 at 2:37 am
QUEEN Sheer Heart Attack (70s UK issue of the 1974 13-track LP, fully laminated picture sleeve with Trident logo on the back & round cornered lyric inner with 'Crest Design & Queen Productions Ltd' logo at the end. The cover is Excellent with as little creasing to corners, whilst he vinyl is Excellent to Near Mint with barely any play)