Prince Philip to be commemorated by the Royal Mail with four new black-and-white stamps

Prince Philip is to be honored with the release of four new stamps

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh raises his hat in his role as Captain General, Royal Marines, makes his final individual public engagement as he attends a parade to mark the finale of the 1664 Global Challenge, on the Buckingham Palace Forecourt on August 2, 2017 in London, England
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Prince Philip’s legacy is to be commemorated by the Royal Mail with a new collection of black-and-white stamps. 


The Duke of Edinburgh, who died aged 99 on April 9, will be honored by Britain’s largest postal service with four stamps—each of which documents a different stage of the late consort’s life. 

The first photo in the set, which will cost £5.76 ($8.10), was captured by royal photographer Baron and depicts Prince Philip as a young man. The second stamp, snapped at Dartmouth Naval College, shows a military-clad Philip at the attendance of the passing out parade of his son, the Duke of York. 

The next design is a portrait of Prince Philip wearing a bowler hat at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, an annual event of which he became President in 1991. 

In the fourth and final stamp, the duke is again dressed in uniform—but this time, he’s wearing a few extra lines. Snapped by Terry O’Neill in the later years of his life, the picture pays tribute to Prince Philip’s 14-year-long career in the British Navy. He enrolled in the military in 1939 and quickly climbed the ranks, reaching the position of Lieutenant Commander in 1950. 

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A number of Prince Philip’s World War II heroic acts came to light following his death, revealing the young officer’s courage and resilience in the face of brutal hardship. He was given the title of Captain-General of the Royal Marines in June 1953, a position he held until its reappointment to Prince Harry in 2017. 

The Royal Mail’s chief Simon Thompson explained the reasons behind the release in a press statement: "Throughout adulthood, the Duke of Edinburgh dedicated himself to the service of this country, the Commonwealth and to the many causes he was involved with.

"For more than seven decades he was at the center of our national life. His passing is a key moment in our history which we mark with this set of commemorative stamps."

The release date of the stamps falls exactly two weeks after what would have been Prince Philip’s 100th birthday. The duke was expected to become a centenarian on June 10, making him the first royal family member to reach the milestone age since the Queen Mother. 

The stamps won’t be available to purchase until June 24, but royal fans can pre-order a sheet from www.royalmail.com/dukeofedinburgh in the meantime.