The new Christmas stamps were unveiled this week, featuring four well-known pantomimes: Aladdin, Cinderella, Peter Pan, and Snow White.
But, as it promised last year, the Royal Mail has also reissued first- and second-class stamps bearing the images of the Madonna and child.
The 36p religious stamp reproduces a painting by Lippo di Dalmasio, The Madonna of Humility; the 27p stamp is from a painting by William Dyce of the Madonna and child.
The Royal Mail has a policy of alternating its stamps at Christmas between a secular theme and a religious one. This pattern will continue, said the spokesman. This is the first “secular” year in which religious stamps are also available.
The spokesman also gave assurances that this year there would be plenty of the religious stamps. Last year, some shoppers complained that they were not offered the religious stamps in post offices, and they found them difficult to track down.
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