Today Royal Mail announced that new grandfather HRH The Prince of Wales will lead the judging of its Christmas Stamp Design Competition. The competition was developed and run by Family & Education and promoted through iChild.co.uk
The Prince will be casting his eye over the final shortlist of 24 designs created by children aged 4- to 11-years-old who have made the final stage of the competition, and will help choose the two winners. The final shortlist comprises of two winners from each of the 12 competition regions.
The two overall winners – one each from the 4 to 7 and 8 to 11 age groups - will see their designs feature on one of the First and one of the Second Class Christmas stamps.
The Prince will be joined by Royal Mail’s Chief Executive Officer, Moya Greene, the author of the Charlie and Lola series, Lauren Child, Royal Mail’s Head of Stamp Design, Marcus James, and Tasveer Shemza, who was just six when she designed one of Royal Mail’s first ever Christmas stamps in 1966.
The judging will take place in the autumn with the two winners announced shortly afterwards.
His Royal Highness, said today: “I am delighted to be helping judge this wonderful competition which gives children from across the United Kingdom the amazing opportunity to share their creativity and have their designs on this year’s Christmas stamps.
“It will be a real pleasure to look through some of the ideas submitted and to see the final two winning stamps once they are produced.”
Royal Mail Chief Executive Officer, Moya Greene, added: “We are honoured that HRH The Prince of Wales will lead the judging in our children’s Christmas Stamp Design Competition and will help us decide which two entries will feature on this year’s First and Second Class Christmas stamps.
“We’re delighted how successful our competition has been, capturing the imagination of children across the UK, with over 240,000 entries submitted.
“It’s going to be an extraordinary tough job to pick the two overall winners as the standard of entries is extremely high. Our illustrious panel of judges will be looking to choose the most creative designs which will end up on millions of items of mail this Christmas.”
The 24 entries in the final will be shortlisted from 240,000 designs that Royal Mail has received from children who have been painting, colouring and drawing in response to the question ‘What does the Christmas season mean to you?’
In the coming weeks, judges in each of the 12 competition regions which represent the UK will select two winning designs from a in their region which will go through to the final stage of the competition.
Only twice before in Royal Mail’s history – 1966 and 1981 - have the official Christmas stamps been designed by children.
As with all Special Stamps issued by Royal Mail, both winning designs will have to be approved by The Queen.