Royal Mail has revealed its Christmas 2021 stamps, featuring scenes of the Nativity and illustrated by internationally renowned artist Jorge Cocco.
The illustrations reflect the Biblical story of the Nativity from the Annunciation through to the journey of the Magi and the birth of Christ.
The six designs are reflective of Coccoâ€™s modern style of painting – â€˜sacrocubismâ€™ – illustrating sacred events through post-cubist art.
Coccoâ€™s work has won numerous awards and has been exhibited by 16 museums throughout the world.
Royal Mail also worked with Dr Andrew Davison Starbridge, Associate Professor in Theology and Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, on the stamp issue.
David Gold, Director of External Affairs & Policy, Royal Mail, said: â€œFor many, the launch of our annual Christmas stamps marks the start of their festive planning. We hope that people will appreciate these beautiful illustrations of the Christmas Story, and that they will be encouraged to post their cards and parcels early this year.â€
Royal Mail also states that this year a limited number of Christmas stamps will feature barcodes. The addition will ensure that each barcoded stamp can be uniquely identified, which will pave the way for innovative customer services in the future.
UK latest recommended posting dates for Christmas 2021 are:
Saturday 18 December
2nd Class Signed For
Royal Mail 48Â®
Tuesday 21 December
1st Class Signed For
Royal Mail 24Â®
Thursday 23 December
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