Royal Mail unveils Christmas stamps designed by schoolgirls

Prince Charles presents Molly Robson (left), aged seven, and Rosie Hargreaves, aged 10, with framed copies of their designs.
Prince Charles presents Molly Robson (left), aged seven, and Rosie Hargreaves, aged 10, with framed copies of their designs. Photo: Geoff Caddick/PA Wire

The Royal Mail's Christmas stamps will feature traditional festive scenes this year - designed by two young girls.

The first class stamp shows Father Christmas, drawn by seven-year-old Molly Robson, a pupil at Leechpool Primary School in Horsham, West Sussex, while the second class stamp features three singing angels, designed by 10-year-old Rosie Hargreaves, who attends Ermington Primary School in Ivybridge, Devon.

The winning designs were chosen from over 240,000 entries received from children aged four to 11, in response to the question: What does the Christmas season mean to you?

Seven-year-old Molly Robson's design of Father Christmas.
Seven-year-old Molly Robson's design of Father Christmas. Credit: Royal Mail/PA Wire

It is only the third time in Royal Mail's near 500-year history that children have designed the Royal Mail's Christmas stamps.

The two winning designs were unveiled at a ceremony in Clarence House where Rosie and Molly met the Prince of Wales.

Molly said: "I was very excited that I won. The picture took me two afternoons to draw. I usually like to draw rainbows."

The second class stamp with angels singing.
The design by Rosie Hargreaves, aged 10, who attends Ermington Primary School in Ivybridge, Devon. Credit: Royal Mail/PA Wire

Rosie, who is giving some of her prize money to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, said: "It felt really amazing to win. I was very excited about meeting Prince Charles. I think mummy and daddy were more nervous than me!"

Prince Charles, who led the judging panel, presented a framed copy of the winning designs to Molly and Rosie.

These wonderful images capture perfectly what Christmas means to many people throughout the UK.

We were overwhelmed that the competition received more than 240,000 entries and Molly and Rosie now follow in the footsteps of some highly acclaimed children's designers and illustrators who have designed Royal Mail's Christmas stamps in the past .

– Royal Mail chief executive Moya Greene