HRH The Prince of Wales today presented prizes to the two winners of Royal Mail's Christmas Stamp Design Competition. The competition was developed and run by Family & Education and promoted through iChild.co.uk.
This year's first class stamp shows Father Christmas, drawn by seven-year-old Molly Robson, a pupil at Leechpool Primary School in Horsham, West Sussex, while the second class stamp features three singing angels, designed by 10-year-old Rosie Hargreaves, who attends Ermington Primary School in Ivybridge, Devon.
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The winning designs were chosen from over 240,000 entries received from children aged four to 11, in response to the question: What does the Christmas season mean to you?
It is only the third time in Royal Mail's near 500-year history that children have designed Royal Mail's Christmas stamps.
The two winning designs were unveiled at a ceremony in Clarence House where Rosie and Molly met the Prince of Wales.
Molly said: "I was very excited that I won. The picture took me two afternoons to draw. I usually like to draw rainbows."
Rosie, who is giving some of her prize money to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, said: "It felt really amazing to win. I was very excited about meeting Prince Charles. I think mummy and daddy were more nervous than me!"
Prince Charles, who led the judging panel, presented a framed copy of the winning designs to Molly and Rosie.
Royal Mail's Chief Executive Moya Greene said: "These wonderful images capture perfectly what Christmas means to many people throughout the UK. We were overwhelmed that the competition received more than 240,000 entries and Molly and Rosie now follow in the footsteps of some highly acclaimed children's designers and illustrators who have designed Royal Mail's Christmas stamps in the past".
The winning designs were featured widely in the news today, including on Daybreak and BBC Breakfast.
You can see the BBC Breakfast coverage here.