Royal Mail issues special stamps about the legend of King Arthur.
Royal Mail reveals images of 10 stamps, being issued now that tell the story of the Legend of King Arthur.
The images, all original illustrations by concept artist, Jaime Jones, depict key moments in the life of King Arthur – brought to life with Jonesâ€™ unique style, creativity and attention to detail.
The Legend of King Arthur is one of the most enduring stories of all time. Though his tale is rooted in the fifth and sixth centuries, it has captivated people for a millennium and a half, with its sword in the stone, knights of the round table and the wizard Merlin. At least 50 films and hundreds of novels have been produced about the story, which over centuries has come to symbolise part of British identity.
While many aspects of the legend are familiar â€“ the doomed love between Guinevere and Lancelot, Arthurâ€™s betrayal by Mordred, and the demise of the Round Table â€“ what is less well known is that Arthur was neither a king nor English in the original legends. Nor were the characters, symbols or objects associated with the stories there from the start.
Philip Parker, Royal Mail, said, â€œThese atmospheric illustrations bring to life the timeless stories of the King and the Knights of the Round Table. With its themes of magic, chivalry and quests, the enduring legend of King Arthur has entranced for centuries and will continue to do so.â€
The stamps will be on sale from March 16, 2021. The full set of 10 stamps, available in a Presentation Pack, retails at Â£13.65 and will be available at www.royalmail.com/kingarthur, by phone on 03457 641 641 and in 7,000 Post Offices across the UK.