On Tuesday, Royal Mail announced that King Charles issued the first 10-stamp set that carries the image of His Majesty.
The new collection carries some of the United Kingdom's most popular flowers as a sign of the King's love of gardening and his interest in the environment.
We've revealed King Charles silhouette on our Flowers Special Stamps announced today 👉 https://t.co/gln5vP4L7t
Marking a significant milestone in British philatelic history, these stunning stamps celebrate 10 of the most popular flowers found in gardens across the UK.🌸 🌷 pic.twitter.com/9rhoaKAjXz— Royal Mail Stamps (@RoyalMailStamps) March 14, 2023
It also marked the first change of silhouette since 1968.
One of the featured flowers is a sweet pea, which is one of Queen Elizabeth II's favorite flowers, and a sunflower, which is the national flower of Ukraine to symbolize the UK's solidarity with the European war-torn country.
Among the first special stamps of the reign of King Charles III is one bearing a sweet pea.
The sweet pea was one of Queen Elizabeth II's favourite flowers. His Majesty chose to place a posy of them on his desk for his first speech following his accession in September 2022. pic.twitter.com/SvwchL21Bm— Coronation News & Updates (@Coronation2023) March 14, 2023
Royal Mail’s director of external affairs and policy David Gold said: “Britain is a nation of gardeners, and a love of flowers runs deep in our collective consciousness.
“His Majesty is known to be a passionate gardener and we are delighted that the first special stamps to feature his silhouette should be a celebration of some of the most popular flowers in British gardens.”
The set also includes a purple iris, a pink lily, a fuchsia, an orange-red tulip, a dark pink peony, a bright orange nasturtium, a pale pink rose, and a light purple-tinted dahlia.
The set is available to pre-order from today and they go on general sale on 23 March.