New Royal Mail stamps chronicle Buckingham Palace’s history

Howard Brown has designed a set of six stamps for the Royal Mail showing how Buckingham Palace has developed since the 17th century.

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The issue of six first-class stamps shows the evolution of the exterior of the palace. A separate miniature sheet of four first class stamps reveal the Throne Room; the Blue Drawing Room; the Grand Staircase and the Green Drawing Room.

The watercolour of the palace from the outside, as it is today, is a painting by artist Chris Draper who was commissioned by Brown.

Brown carried out picture reasearch borrowing images from the Royal Collection and – in the case of the 1714 painting – the Government collection. ‘The 1714 one actually had to be taken down from a wall to be photographed,’ says Brown.

Robert Maude and Sarah Davies designed the minature sheet which features photographs of the palace interiors belonging to the Royal Collection Trust.

In the early 17th century a mulberry garden was established on the site to breed silkworms. Two sucessive houses were built before the Duke of Buckingham had a three story house built at the beginning of the 18th century that formed the core of today’s Buckikngham Palace.

The stamps are available from today.

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