Commemorating 150 years
Our new Special Stamps, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the completion of the rebuilding of the Palace of Westminster following a devastating fire in 1834, are now on general sale.
Home to the House of Commons and House of Lords and housing around 1,100 rooms, 100 staircases and 4.8km of passageways, spread over four floors, the Palace of Westminster is one of the most important and recognisable buildings in the world, as acknowledged by its status as part of a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Six out of a 10 stamp set feature views of the iconic exterior and interior of the Palace of Westminster: View from Old Palace Yard; River Thames view; Elizabeth Tower; Commons Chamber; Central Lobby; and Lords Chamber.
A further four stamps, presented in a miniature sheet, show interior views of the spectacular architecture and design of the Palace of Westminster: Norman Porch; Chapel of St Mary Undercroft; St Stephen’s Hall; and Royal Gallery.
The Lord Speaker, Lord Fowler (pictured), said: ‘For 150 years, this striking and significant building has been a symbol of our democracy, but also a place of important work as the home of the House of Lords and House of Commons.
‘It has been the setting for debate, discussion and law-making that have shaped our country over many decades and continues to be so today in these unprecedented times. This new set of stamps is a fitting way to commemorate this milestone anniversary in the Palace’s illustrious history.’
The full set of 10 stamps, available in a Presentation Pack, retails at £13.00. The stamps and a range of collectible products are on sale now at www.royalmail.com/palaceofwestminster.