Stamps to mark birth of George

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had a very special delivery last week – and now the arrival of their son Prince George is to be commemorated with £1 stamps.

Isle of Man Post Office is to become the first postal administration to mark the third in line to the throne’s birth as they release a sheetlet of eight stamps.

With the inscription “We could not be happier”, as the Duke said upon the birth of his son on Monday, the sheetlet includes four stamps showing the proud father and four of a smiling Kate.

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A gold-foil special postmark with the words “It’s A Boy” will be used to cancel the stamps when the postal tribute is released on August 21 with a limited numbered edition of 500.

Maxine Cannon, general manager of Isle of Man Stamps & Coins, said: “We were thrilled to hear the news of the birth of the royal baby, HRH Prince George of Cambridge, and delighted to mark the historic occasion with a special commemorative souvenir sheetlet of postage stamps.

“Isle of Man Post Office is sending our unique cover to Kensington Palace, the London home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, together with one for Prince George.

“We are also sending the commemorative cover to the parents of the four babies who were born on the Isle of Man on the same day.”

Peter Jennings, a fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society, said: “Now is a great opportunity to start a collection of the stamps of the baby boy destined to be the future King George VII.”