The portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II is on the standard issue of all British postal stamps.
The most popularly used stamps are the gold First Class, without a denomination, and the blue Second Class stamp.
First class mail costs 36p and second class 27p
As well the standard issue stamps we also have commemorative stamps which mark special events, anniversaries and also show aspects of life in the British Isles. The design must include the value of the stamp and the monarch's head.
The Christmas stamps for this year are on the theme of Pantomimes.
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The world's first ever postage stamp, the Penny Black, was first issued in Britain on 1st May 1840.
A modern looking Post Office
There are three types of postboxes:
- pillar boxes which are usually found standing by the roadside
- wall boxes built into a wall
- lamp boxes fixed to posts.
Two examples of Pillar Boxes
Postboxes come in all shapes and sizes, with different markings.
Postboxes can be found from every Monarch since Queen Victoria: Edward VII, George V, George VI and Elizabeth II.
VR is Queen Victoria
EIIR is Queen Elizabeth the Second
The letter R which stands for Regina (Queen) or Rex (King).
Fluted Pillar Box
1856 Pillar Box
The collection plate see photos below) tells you when the postman will collect the mail from the postbox.
The Postman or Postwoman collects the letters in a post van.
Postboxes can be found in every village, town and city as well as roads in the countryside.
Postbox beside a road in Yorkshire
Postbox in the village of Brenchley, Kent
Delivering letters to houses
A postman or postwoman may deliver letters to homes using a post van, push bike or by walking.
The majority of homes in the UK have a rectangular letter box in their doors.
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