Guernsey Post’s philatelic bureau is delighted to release its first set of stamps, which carry the recently revealed cypher of His Majesty King Charles III. The cypher is the Sovereign’s monogram and comprises the initials of the monarch’s name, Charles, and title, Rex, which is Latin for King, alongside a representation of the Crown.
His Majesty’s cypher appears on Guernsey Post’s Christmas stamps for Guernsey and Alderney, which will be released on 16 November 2022.
Both sets of stamps have been created by artist and illustrator Nick Watton and depict the much-loved tales Sleeping Beauty and Robin Hood in celebration of a Christmas tradition: the British pantomime.
Bridget Yabsley, Guernsey Post’s head of philatelic, said: – “We are absolutely delighted to release our first set of stamps carrying the cypher of His Majesty King Charles III. It’s also exciting to depict the much loved tales of Sleeping Beauty and Robin Hood on our stamps, which will be performed in Guernsey and Alderney over the pantomime season, which will no doubt bring some festive cheer.”
Sleeping Beauty has a fascinating history and is one of the best known stories of the fairy tale genre. The Guernsey-issue stamps depict Sleeping Beauty (Princess Aurora) who is cursed to sleep for 100 years by the wicked fairy, only to be awakened by a kiss from the handsome Prince Valliant.
The Alderney Christmas stamps feature everyone’s favourite outlaw – Robin Hood. With the help of his Merry Men, he challenges The Sheriff of Nottingham who taxes the poor of Sherwood Forest. Robin steals from the rich to give to the poor, and falls in love with Maid Marion, who he eventually marries.
The Guernsey and Alderney Christmas stamps will be available to pre-order from 2 November www.guernseystamps.com or by calling Philatelic Customer Services on +44 (0) 1481 716486.