First stamps with King's silhouette revealed: Charles' uncrowned profile appears in silver in historic floral collection

14 March 2023, 10:02

Charles' silhouette is in the top left without a crown
Charles' silhouette is in the top left without a crown. Picture: PA

By Emma Soteriou

The first stamps featuring King Charles' silhouette have been revealed, with the historic floral set a nod to the green-fingered monarch's love of gardening.

Listen to this article

Loading audio...

Charles' uncrowned profile, can be seen in silver and facing to the right in the top left hand corner of the collection of 10 special stamps celebrating the nation's favourite flowers.

Unlike Queen Elizabeth II's famous silhouette, the King is not depicted wearing a laurel wreath.

Royal Mail said the debut was a significant milestone in British philatelic history.

The late Queen's silhouette - with her laurel wreath - has featured on special stamps since 1966.

The final set using the Queen's image was unveiled last month in honour of the 100th anniversary of steam locomotive the Flying Scotsman.

Read more: Prince Andrew 'bewildered' and 'in despair' that Charles has not shared £650m inheritance from the Queen with siblings

Read more: Archie and Lilibet 'not invited' to King Charles' coronation as Harry and Meghan 'set to be given cold shoulder'

The final set of stamps to feature the late Queen's silhouette
The final set of stamps to feature the late Queen's silhouette. Picture: PA

The delicate sweet pea - one of the late Queen's favourite blooms - is among the chosen flowers, photographed in detail on a white background in the latest set.

Another celebrates the sunflower - also the national flower of Ukraine which has become a symbol of solidarity with the war-torn country.

The other flowers in the first class set are a purple iris, a pink lily, a fuchsia, an orange-red tulip, a dark pink peony, a bright orange nasturtium, a pale pink rose and a light purple-tinted dahlia.

The creation of the King's silhouette was a collaboration between illustrator Andrew Davidson, Royal Mail's head of design and editorial and Marcus James, and Ian Chilvers, from design agency Atelier Works.

The final image was adjusted to ensure a likeness to the King's image on the definitive 'everyday' stamp.

The definitive stamps, which were unveiled last month and go on sale in April, show Charles' head and neck - without a crown - traditionally facing left as all monarchs have done since the Penny Black in 1840.

Charles, who is well known for his love of nature, is a keen hands-on gardener, who has spent more than 40 years transforming the grounds around Highgrove House - his private Gloucestershire retreat.

At his mother's funeral, the King chose flowers cut from the gardens of Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Highgrove for the gold, pink, deep burgundy and white wreath which rested on her coffin, and included pink garden roses and dark purple dahlias.

The previously revealed definitive stamps will go on sale in April
The previously revealed definitive stamps will go on sale in April. Picture: Alamy

David Gold, Royal Mail's director of external affairs and policy, said: "Britain is a nation of gardeners, and a love of flowers runs deep in our collective consciousness.

"His Majesty is known to be a passionate gardener and we are delighted that the first special stamps to feature his silhouette should be a celebration of some of the most popular flowers in British gardens."

A Royal Mail spokesperson said: "Flowers mark our celebrations, our joys and our sorrows and, above all, they unify us through a pleasure that we can all understand."

The first class floral stamps are available to pre-order from March 14.

A presentation pack of the 10 stamps goes on general sale from March 23 and are priced at £10.40.

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

Liz Truss has reacted to her party's terrible election results

Liz Truss blames Tory election drubbing on Rishi Sunak ‘trashing her record’ before pointing finger at Tony Blair

Joe Biden reacts to the assassination attempt of Donald Trump

‘Everyone must condemn it’: Joe Biden labels Donald Trump assassination attempt ‘sick’ as world leaders react

Donald Trump was shot at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania yesterday

Bloodied Donald Trump rushed off stage after shooting as FBI names dead gunman behind assassination attempt

Donald Trump's ear was grazed in a shooting at a campaign rally yesterday

‘Much bleeding took place’: Donald Trump releases new statement after being shot at campaign rally

President Trump was shot at a rally in Pennsylvania

Donald Trump carried off stage by Secret Service after shooting at campaign rally

American XL bully

Police raid suspected XL Bully farm and arrest man as 13 dogs seized inside house with children

Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer has told the England team that they have "made the country proud" before their crunch Euros final against Spain on Sunday.

'Bring it home': Keir Starmer sends message to England team ahead of showpiece Euros final against Spain

spanhoe airfield near corby main runway

Pilot killed in plane crash at former RAF airfield near Corby as police urge witnesses to come forward

A child is dead and five people have been injured after a house fire in East Ham, London.

Child dead after deadly blaze that injured five which gutted east London home and needed 40 firefighters to tackle

Daniel Halliday went missing while playing in the water with his brother on June 30.

Body found in the sea confirmed to be 14-year-old Daniel Halliday who was swept away in River Mersey on June 30

A Scottish council has come under fire for handing almost 2,000 penalties in the first 11 days of its low emission zone

Scottish council under fire after handing out 2,000 fines in first 11 days of new low emission zone

Graziano Di Prima has broken his silence

Strictly Come Dancing pro Graziano Di Prima breaks silence after being 'sacked' following misconduct claims

Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Graziano Di Prima has been sacked by the BBC

Strictly Come Dancing pro 'sacked' after claims of gross misconduct towards former partner Zara McDermott

Prince William will be at the game on Sunday

‘Just one last push’: Prince William’s message to the England team ahead of Euro 2024 final against Spain

The family of the three women who were killed in a crossbow attack have said they are "devastated"

‘We are devastated’, John Hunt and surviving daughter say, after his wife and two daughters killed in crossbow attack

At least 71 Palestinians have been killed in an Israeli air strike

‘Dozens killed in air strike on Gaza humanitarian zone’ as Israel says it was targeting Hamas leaders