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Royal Mail issues guidance following queen’s death

Sep 9, 2022, 12 PM
Photo by Krisztina Papp on Unsplash.

By Linn’s Staff

On Sept. 9, Great Britain’s Royal Mail issued guidance on stamps and post boxes following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Sept. 8.

All of the special stamps that have already been announced will still be issued, although the issue dates may change, Royal Mail said.

Royal Mail will make further announcements on stamps after consulting with Buckingham Palace once the appropriate amount of time has passed after the funeral.

Royal Mail confirmed that stamps bearing the image of the queen remain valid for use. These include definitive stamps and special stamps.

However, the introduction of barcodes on definitive stamps will continue. Definitive stamps without a barcode will be valid until Jan. 31, 2023, according to Royal Mail.

More information on Royal Mail’s “Swap Out” scheme for exchanging stamps without barcodes for stamps with barcodes is available at

All existing post boxes with the insignia of Queen Elizabeth II, as well as post boxes already in production or being prepared for installation, will remain unchanged, Royal Mail said.

This follows the past practices following the death of a monarch. A Sept. 8 article in The Guardian notes that some post boxes with the insignia of King George VI remain in use today.

A gallery of Great Britain stamps featuring the queen is available through Royal Mail’s website.

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