Royal Mail recently unveiled its 2017 Special Stamp program, which is set to showcase the “Best of British” with a range of subjects including some of the greatest racehorses from the past six decades as well as beautiful birds that herald spring and summer in the U.K.
The monthly Special Stamp program includes:
- Ancient Britain (January)
- Windsor Castle (February)
- Racehorse Legends (April)
- Songbirds (May)
- Windmills and Watermills (June)
- First World War: 1917 (July)
- Landmark Buildings (July)
- Classic Toys (August)
- Christmas (November)
Windsor Castle—the oldest inhabited castle in world and an official residence of Queen Elizabeth II—is celebrated with iconic views of both the interior and exterior of the castle. Featured in the set is an image of the world-famous Round Tower that has dominated the Berkshire skyline for more than 800 years.
Racehorse Legends will feature eight champion horses that achieved their greatest wins on U.K. race courses throughout the last six decades. The stamp issue features original artwork commissioned by Royal Mail of four flat racers and four national hunt horses captured in action during the course of their iconic wins. Included in the stamp issue is Desert “Dessie” Orchid winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1989.
May’s Songbirds issue will present 10 birds that herald spring and summer in the U.K.