Great Britain’s 2023 commemorative stamp program
By David Hartwig
Details on the 2023 commemorative stamp program for Great Britain’s Royal Mail have been made available.
As reported on page 1 of the Jan. 23 issue of Linn’s, the program will start Jan. 12 with 12 stamps honoring the heavy metal band Iron Maiden.
A Feb. 16 issue will commemorate X-men, the superhero team that appears in Marvel Comics and a film series.
March releases from Royal Mail include a March 9 issue for the Flying Scotsman express passenger train. A March 23 issue will showcase flowers.
An issue scheduled for April 13 is titled “The Legend of Robin Hood,” which is also the title of a 1975 television series from the BBC.
The first of two May issues will commemorate the new reign of King Charles III. The May 6 date coincides with the king’s coronation.
A May 17 release will celebrate Blackadder, the BBC sitcom that began 40 years ago, in 1983, and ran until 1989.
Royal Mail will have a June 8 issue for Warhammer, a miniature wargame played on a tabletop model of a battlefield. The game is particularly popular in the United Kingdom.
A June 22 issue titled “Windrush: 75 Years” refers to the emigration of people from Caribbean countries to the United Kingdom between 1948 and 1971.
River Wildlife will be showcased in a July 13 issue.
The 40th anniversary of Discworld, a comic fantasy book series by Terry Pratchett published from 1983 to 2015, will be marked with an Aug. 10 issue.
The subject of a Sept. 5 issue has not been announced. A Sept. 21 issue will celebrate Welsh singer Dame Shirley Bassey.
Harry Potter will be the subject of an Oct. 19 issue. Royal Mail previously commemorated the Harry Potter books on a set of stamps in 2007 (Scott 2479-2491) and characters from the Harry Potter movies on a set of stamps in 2018 (3780-3791).
Royal Mail will issue its Christmas stamps Nov. 2.
This program is tentative and subject to change.
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