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First class stamp we will be using this Christmas!

Molly Robson, from Horsham, designed this stamp for Christmas Credit: Royal Mail

This is the first class stamp that we will be using this Christmas, which has been designed by 7-year-old Molly Robson.

Molly, who is from Horsham and attends Leechpool Primary School, drew Santa, snow and presents to depict Christmas.

Her design was picked out from 240,000 entries.

Molly's stamp design beats 240,000 others

Royal Mail have chosen a design by a young girl from Horsham to feature on their first class Christmas stamp this year.

Seven-year-old Molly Robson drew Santa, surrounded by snow and presents in answer to the question "What does the Christmas season mean to you?"

Her drawing beat 240,000 other entries.

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

We spoke to Molly and her mum and dad.


Christmas preparations in July!

There are just 22 weeks to go until Christmas! But the festive season has come early for a company in Sittingbourne in Kent. They're sifting through thousands of drawings sent in by school children, in a contest to find a design for this year's Christmas stamp from Royal Mail

Despite the sweltering conditions outside - tinsel, trees and Santa hats are the order of the day on the sorting line. David Johns went to have a look.


How a Royal icon was created

The image has been the same for 46 years. In 1966, Royal Mail wanted a new picture of Her Majesty for stamps. It wasn't easy.

The Queen spent a whole day being photographed by a photographer, but didn't like the proofs. John Hedgecoe was called in. But even his photos nearly weren't used.

He photographed the Queen from every sort of angle, he got in lights, the whole room was festooned with technology and after about 20 minutes, he said: "I think I've got enough done ma'am", to which she replied, "so soon Mr Hedgecoe? Couldn't we take some more?"

They went into the next room and he took the picture against the lights, through the windows. That was the one Her Majesty chose.

A plaster cast was made from the silhouette and the cast was photographed. That's what we see on our mail. The original print is at the Topfoto Gallery in Kent.