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Stamps show inside the Royal residence

The grand staircase at Buckingham Palace, as depicted in a new set of stamps
The grand staircase at Buckingham Palace, as depicted in a new set of stamps Credit: Royal Mail

Royal mail spokesman Andrew Hammond said: "This stamp issue illustrates the development of Buckingham Palace from the private house built by the Duke of Buckingham 300 years ago to one of the most iconic buildings in the world."

He added: "Buckingham Palace is one of the most recognised landmarks in the UK and is a source of pride to the nation; it forms a huge part of our heritage, so it's fitting Royal Mail has been able to dedicate a stamp issue to this most famous of addresses."

The Blue Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace as it features in the stamp set
The Blue Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace also features in the stamp set Credit: Royal Mail

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Queen's main home celebrated in stamps

A watercolour showing Buckingham House as it was in 1819 as part of the Royal Mail's new stamp issue
A watercolour showing Buckingham House as it was in 1819, part of the Royal Mail's new stamp issue Credit: Royal Mail

The Queen's face can be found on every stamp issued in the United Kingdom, and now you can see her primary residence when you send a letter as well.

The Royal Mail has release a 10-stamp set of images celebrating Buckingham Palace, which has been the official London residence of British sovereigns since 1837.

The set includes six stamps featuring watercolours of the exterior of the building through the ages, commissioned by Royal Mail from artist Chris Draper.

A watercolour of Buckingham Palace as it appears today as part of the Royal Mail's new stamp issue
...and a watercolour of Buckingham Palace as it appears today Credit: Royal Mail

Royal Mail confirms missing postbox keys in Tooting

Speaking to ITV News, the Royal Mail said:

We can confirm that a small number of postboxes in the Tooting area were sealed after a set of collection keys went missing.

The boxes were cleared of mail before they were sealed so no items were left inside them.

Royal Mail apologises to its customers in Tooting for any inconvenience this may have caused.

We are working to change the locks and reopen the boxes as quickly as possible. In the meantime, customers can use other postboxes in the area or of course drop their mail off at any Post Office branch.

Royal Mail boxes 'were emptied' before being sealed

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@tootingbaby Hi, we are aware of what's happened & we will be reopening the boxes ASAP. Sorry for any inconvenience.

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@tootingbaby Hi, we learnt that the boxes were all emptied before being sealed & the locks are due to be replaced. Our colleagues are...

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@tootingbaby chasing this with our engineering division now. We don't yet have an estimated completion date.

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Top 13: the UK's 'most romantic towns'

Here is Royal Mail's list of the most romantic towns and post-code areas in the UK.

They are based on an analysis of mail volumes in the run-up to Valentine's Day - comparing the amount of post on the 6th of February with the amount on the 13th - the day before the Feast of St Valentine.

  1. Romford (RM postcodes). 24.44% increase

  2. Ilford (IG postcodes). 24.44% increase

  3. East London (E postcodes). 24.44% increase

  4. Canterbury (CT postcodes). 19.46% increase

  5. Tonbridge (TN postcodes). 19.46% increase

  6. Dartford (DA postcodes). 19.46% increase

  1. Rochester (ME postcodes). 19.46% increase

  2. Hull (HU postcodes). 17.98% increase

  3. Derby (DE postcodes). 16.60% increase

  4. Harrogate (HG postcodes). 15.84% increase

  5. Leeds (LS postcodes). 15.84% increase

  6. Wakefield (WF postcodes). 15.84% increase

  7. Nottingham (NG postcodes). 12.91% increase

Stamps to celebrate best of British

Royal Mail Underground stamp.
Royal Mail Underground stamp. Credit: Royal Mail handout

The Royal Mail is set to celebrate the best of British, including Doctor Who, Jane Austen and the London Underground, with a range of stamps for 2013.

The London Underground stamps will be released on January 9 to mark the 150th anniversary of the first underground railway in the world.

The stamps track the Underground's development from the first steam-driven Metropolitan Railway service through to the current Canary Wharf station.

This year also marks the bicentenary of the publication of Pride And Prejudice,

Jane Austen's most famous novel. It will be celebrated as part of a six-stamp set on sale from February 21, and will feature scenes from Austen's other works.

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