New ‘everyday’ stamps featuring the image of King Charles were revealed for the first time, the latest item in Britain to get a makeover following the death of Queen Elizabeth.
From coins and banknotes and to the official royal cypher used by the government, Britain has been slowly introducing replacements featuring the new monarch since his mother’s death in September.
In keeping with a tradition dating back to the first Penny Black in 1840, the new “definitive” stamp uses an adapted version of a portrait of Charles by British sculptor Martin Jennings which is also appearing on new coinage.
The new stamp, which will go on general sale at the start of April, consists solely of the king’s head and its value on a plain coloured background.
Charles is the seventh British monarch to appear on a definitive stamp. Existing stamps with Elizabeth’s image will remain valid and in distribution until stocks are exhausted, the Royal Mail said.