Tuesday 14 March 2023

2268.🇬🇧 Garden Flowers Feature On First Charles III Cameo Royal Mail Special Stamps.


New issues.

🇬🇧 Royal Mail -

23 March 2023 - Garden flowers - 10 stamps (2 strips each of 5 se-tenant stamps). Designed by Charlie Smith Design and lithographed by Cartor and perforated 14 x 14.5. Rating:- ***. The set does not feature native species and does not commemorate any particular event or anniversary and is therefore both random and unnecessary but it is of interest as it is the first ‘special’ set to feature a cameo of the new king and perhaps apt given his known interest in the subject. It’s clear that the cameo is not at all satisfactory on this first King Charles issue.

🇸🇬 Singapore Post -

21 March 2023 - The Horoscope (first issue) - 4 stamps. Designed by Lim An-Ling and lithographed with rainbow silver (holographic) foil by Brebner Print and perforated 13 x 14. Rating:- ***.


  1. I agree that the King's silhouette is disappointing. And while the issue is colourful the mix of fonts used for the value and flower name is jarring and lack of relevance to the UK makes this issue very irrelevant. I wonder if the silhouette will be updated once the coronation occurs?

    1. Given that it is now more than six months since the King's accession to the throne - and that, with Her late Majesty's advanced age, the death of Elizabeth the Great should have been far from unanticipated - I have to infer that Royal Mail won't have plans for any changes.

      As to the stamps, do I see a dumbing-down? (I would have hoped to see the Latin names - genus and species - probably in smaller script, alongside the common name.)

  2. The King Charles silhouette is very nondescript. Somewhat cruelly, I wondered if a 'face-on' silhouette might not have been more readily identifiable, the King's protruding ears being his most remarked-upon physical characteristic.