There will be a number of special stamps released throughout 2012 to mark the big events happening this year, including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Games.
- Released 10 January
- A series to celebrate one of the world’s greatest storytellers; this collection celebrates his most famous works, his best-loved characters and tales of his extraordinary life
- The six characters include – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr Fox, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The Twits and The Witches
Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
A number of stamp sets will be issued to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
- 2 February – The House of Windsor stamp collection will include all five kings and queens who have reigned since the start of the 20th Century. The last in the series will be our current queen, Queen Elizabeth II, in celebration of her 60 years on the throne, the second longest for a British monarch after Queen Victoria.
- 6 February – A special miniature sheet will bring together six portraits of Her Majesty The Queen taken from stamps, coinage and banknotes issued during her reign. These include a 1st Class diamond blue definitive which will replace the gold definitive stamp sold in Post Office branches during the Jubilee Year.
- 31 May – A set of eight stamps featuring striking images of Her Majesty the Queen taken across the six decades of her reign.
London 2012 Olympic Games
During 2012, there will be four series of stamps to celebrating the London 2012 Olympic Games.
- 5 January – the first set of of definitive stamps, which are the nation’s everyday stamps, will be available and are set to be used to post millions of letters and cards, sharing the London 2012 celebration across the UK and overseas.
- Other stamps will be issued throughout the year to celebrate the London 2012 Games, including for the first time ever Gold Medal stamps to mark Team GB Olympic victories
Other 2012 stamp collections
- 23 February – Britons of Distinction stamps, with 10 1st Class stamps celebrating prominent Britons, including mathematician and World War II code breaker Alan Turing, SOE heroine Odette Hallowes, composer Frederick Delius and the Golden Jubilee of Coventry Cathedral which is marked by honouring its architect Sir Basil Spence.
- 8 March – Classic Locomotives of Scotland
- 20 March – Comics
- 10 April – A to Z of Britain (part 2)
- 15 May – Great British Fashion
- 19 June – a set to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of author Charles Dickens
- 27 July – Welcome to the London 2012 Olympic Games
- 29 August – Welcome to the London 2012 Paralympic Games
- 27 September – Memories of the London 2012
- 16 October – Dinosaurs
- 30 October – Space Science
- 6 November – Christmas
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