To celebrate the landmark anniversary of the formation of Queen, the British postal service, Royal Mail, launched a range of special Queen stamps that went on sale on July 9th 2020.
The special stamps and collectables celebrate Queen's record-breaking, hit-making career by honouring classic albums and spectacular shows.
In total, there are 13 stamps:
Sheer Heart Attack
A Night At The Opera
News Of The World
A stamp for each member captured at a live event:
Freddie Mercury (Live - Magic Tour 1986)
Roger Taylor (Live - Hyde Park Concert 1976)
Brian May (Live - Magic Tour 1986)
John Deacon (Live - A Night At The Opera Tour 1975)
A final stamp features all four members in a group picture.
There are different collections available to purchase; I opted to purchase the Presentation Pack and Postcards.
The Presentation Pack
Priced at £16, the Queen Presentation Pack features all 13 special stamps in a fold-out souvenir that explains how the Queen's music evolved as their performances became bigger and bigger, managing to capture the zeitgeist through each decade. The information comes courtesy of the respected rock journalist and biographer Jason Draper, which details from the formation in 1970 to the death of the lead singer, Freddie Mercury, in 1991.
Priced at £6.50, the 14 postcards features an enlarged print of each of the special stamps alongside with a composite image of the Queen Live miniature set.
This is a must for all Queen fans and philatelists alike; with the different collections available, including framed prints, you certainly do not want to miss out on these honorary stamps.
The different collections can be purchased directly from The Royal Mail's Special Stamp Issues website