Queen honoured with Royal Mail stamps

music news 24/06/2020

Queen will be receiving the honour of having a series of stamps from Britain's Royal Mail.

Royal Mail announced that the series features 13 stamps to celebrate the band's 50th anniversary.

Queen is the third band to be featured on Royal Mail stamps, with the Beatles being the first in 2007 and Pink Floyd in 2016.

One of the stamps features the late frontman, Freddie Mercury from the iconic 1986 Wembley Stadium. Another shows an image of guitarist Brian May at their Budapest concert in the same year. The Roger Taylor stamp comes from the Hyde Park show in 1976 and John Deacon's stamp is a photograph of him from the 1975 Hammersmith Odeon show.

Eight of the stamps are devoted to eight iconic Queen albums including Queen II (1974), Sheer Heart Attack (1964), A Night at the Opera (1975), News of the World (1977), The Game (1980), Greatest Hits (1984), and Innuendo (1991).

"Since we four precocious boys started out on our quest 50 years ago, our lives have been devoted to making our impossible dream come true," May said in a statement. 

Sometimes it's strange to wake up and realize the position in which we are now held – we have become a national institution, and nothing brings this home more than this incredible tribute from Royal Mail."

Available from 9th July onward, the stamps are currently available for pre-order now. Royal Mail said in an official statement, "With their truly original, theatrical sound and effortless ability to mix musical styles, Queen are rock royalty. We pay tribute to one of the most loved bands of all time with these stunning stamps."