Coronation Weekend celebrated with Postboxes

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Coronation Weekend Celebrated with PostBoxes

With the Coronation weekend just days away, the country is looking forward to another three day break, which with some potentially dodgy weather forecast for Saturday could result in a splurge of online spending.

Those who have been producing memorabilia will be keen to capture the interest of those choosing to watch the Coronation, but many may be still working or engaged in other activities so ecommerce is likely to follow similar patterns to last weekend for the early May bank holiday.

Ahead of the Coronation of Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla, Royal Mail has unveiled four special postboxes across the UK. The postboxes display the occasion’s official emblem in celebration of The Coronation.

The postboxes are located across the UK in:

  • Westminster, London: Abingdon Street (on the corner of Great College Street), SW1P 3JY
  • Edinburgh: High Street, EH1 1SG
  • Cardiff: St John’s Street, CF10 1GL
  • Royal Hillsborough, County Down: Main Street, BT26 6AE

The Westminster postbox is situated very close to Westminster Abbey, where the Coronation is taking place on this coming Saturday, the 6th of May.

The crowning of Charles III is going to be a huge historic moment for the UK and one that will be celebrated with a Coronation Weekend packed with different ways for people to get involved.

Our postboxes are recognised the world over as an iconic symbol of Britain and these four iconic unique Coronation postboxes will leave a lasting royal legacy in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Royal Hillsborough.

Lucy Frazer, Culture Secretary

What a way to kick off the Coronation celebrations in Westminster! I’ve unveiled a few things in my year as Lord Mayor, but a postbox is a first, they are an iconic feature of every street corner in Britain. It is a fantastic idea to mark such a momentous occasion. 

I’ll be out in Westminster at lots of community events with our residents and would like to wish Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla many congratulations.

– The Right Worshipful, The Lord Mayor of Westminster, Cllr Hamza Taouzzale

The Coronation of Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla is a momentous occasion and one that will be celebrated across UK. We are proud to mark such a historic event and to offer our warmest congratulations to the King and Queen.

– David Gold, Director of External Affairs & Policy, Royal Mail,

Royal Mail have also revealed images of four new stamps that will be issued to mark the Coronation of Their Majesties King Charles and Queen Camillaat Westminster Abbey. The stamps illustrate the Coronation ceremony and the traditional street party, as well as some of the causes His Majesty has dedicated his years of public service to: cultural diversity and community; the global ties of the Commonwealth, which he now leads; and sustainability and biodiversity.

The stamps are available to view, ahead of their general release, at the Postal Museum, as part of The King’s Stamp exhibition: The King’s Stamp – The Postal Museum.

This is only the third time in history that Royal Mail has issued stamps to mark a Coronation. The previous two occasions were for King George VI in 1937 and Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.

The stamps are available to pre-order at www.royalmail.com/coronation, by telephone on 03457 641 641 and at 7,000 Post Office branches across the UK. A Presentation Pack including all four stamps in the set is priced at £7.50. The stamps go on general sale on 6 May 2023.

Royal Mail will also be applying a special postmark to stamped mail to mark The Coronation. It will read:

Coronation of Their Majesties
King Charles III and Queen Camilla
6 May 2023

The postmark will run until Wednesday the 10th of May.

Image Credits:
The Right Worshipful The Lord Mayor of Westminster, Councillor Hamza Taouzzale and Kevin Traverse-Healy, Representative Deputy Lieutenant for Westminster unveiling a post box in Westminster to celebrate The Coronation, London, 2nd May 2023

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