ROYAL Mail is issuing a set of special stamps to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, today (Tuesday).
The ten First Class stamps pay tribute to Shakespeare through his immortal words and poetry.
Also, from today until Saturday (9th April), a special postmark will be applied to UK stamped mail commemorating 400 years since the Bard’s death. It will say: “William Shakespeare 1564-1616”.
Having previously issued stamps that depict performances of his plays, a painting of the Bard himself and the world famous Globe Theatre, this set focuses on the power of Shakespeare’s words, and selected poignant lines from his plays and poems.
Over 50 years, William Shakespeare and his work have appeared on 25 stamps making him the most featured individual on special stamps outside of the Royal Family.
Stratford MP Nadhim Zahawi said: “There is no better way to celebrate the brilliance of the bard of the bard than through his own words, words that have lasted through the ages and spread all over the planet, as perfect descriptions of life, love and the world we live in.
“As Shakespeare himself said: ‘Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust them’.
“He certainly achieved greatness, and his great life should be celebrated on the 400th anniversary of his passing. I would like to thank Royal Mail for taking part so fully and treating the country to a few words of Shakespeare as we open our post in the coming weeks.”
Philip Parker, a Royal Mail manager said: “It is fitting that Shakespeare is being honoured with a set of stamps to mark the 400th anniversary of his death. The stamps celebrate the power of his language, which continues to influence us every day.”
The stamps are available from today in 8,000 Post Office branches and online at www.royalmail.com/shakespeare and by phone on 03457 641641.