Posted on September 19, 2019
Special stamps commemorating Royal Navy ships from 500 years of maritime history are being issued by the Royal Mail. Renowned marine artist Robert G Lloyd was commissioned to create original artworks for the set of eight stamps.
The newest ship to feature on the stamps is aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, the Royal Navy’s largest-ever ship. Other ships featured include the Mary Rose of 1511, HMS Victory of 1765, HMS Warrior of 1860 and HMS King George V, 1939.
Philip Parker of the Royal Mail said: “We are proud to launch our tribute to the ‘Senior Service’. “As an island nation, the Royal Navy’s professionalism and prowess has been instrumental in its history, and we commemorate this with images of key Royal Navy ships spanning 500 years.”
The oldest ship featured is the Mary Rose which was built in Portsmouth and spent more than 30 years in service.