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Christmas stamp designs revealed by Royal Mail

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Royal Mail has revealed details of this year’s Christmas stamps – all featuring postboxes.

Images for the six stamps were illustrated by Stroud-based artist Andrew Davidson.

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They all show traditional red-coloured postboxes, ranging from smaller ones mounted on a post or in a wall to a large one with a double posting slot.

Each stamp features a cypher from the six monarchs of the last 100 years.

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Mr Davidson, who has worked on more than 12 stamp issues for Royal Mail, said: “Knowing my illustrations on the 2018 Christmas stamps will be winging their way around the world delivering season’s greetings to friends and family gives me a real sense of festive joy.”

As is usual, religious Christmas stamps of the Madonna and Child in first class and second class rates will also be available from post offices.

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The Christmas stamps are on sale from Thursday, with recommended posting dates of December 18 for second class, December 20 for first class and December 22 for special delivery.