King’s silhouette appears on stamps for the first time

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The first stamps featuring the King’s silhouette are to go on sale, with the historic floral set a nod to the green-fingered monarch’s love of gardening.

Charles’s uncrowned profile, in silver and facing to the right in the top left hand corner, appears on a collection of 10 special stamps celebrating the nation’s favourite flowers.

Unlike Queen Elizabeth II’s famous silhouette, the King is not depicted wearing a laurel wreath.

The sweet pea stamp
The sweet pea features on the first set of stamps to show the King’s new silhouette (Royal Mail/PA)

The late Queen’s silhouette – with her laurel wreath – has featured on special stamps since 1966.

An updated design by David Gentleman was used from 1968, adapted from Mary Gillick’s original cameo portrait of the monarch used on coins.

The final set using the Queen’s image was unveiled last month in honour of the 100th anniversary of steam locomotive the Flying Scotsman.

New Royal Mail stamps
One of 12 new stamps to mark the 100th anniversary of the Flying Scotsman – the final set of stamps to feature late Queen Elizabeth II’s silhouette (Royal Mail/PA)

“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 delicate sweet pea – one of the late Queen’s favourite blooms – is among the chosen flowers, photographed in detail on a white background.

The first stamp set featuring the King's silhouette
The collection of 10 stamps celebrates the nation’s favourite flowers (Royal Mail/PA)

The other flowers in the first class set are 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.

Highgrove Gardens open to the public
Charles in the gardens of his home Highgrove (Leanne Punshon/The Prince’s Foundation/PA)

After Davidson – known for his illustrations of Ted Hughes’s children’s book The Iron Man – created a likeness of Charles that would work in miniature on a stamp, the image was then digitised and fine-tuned.

Royal Mail and Atelier Works focused on visual adjustments and tests to ensure the silhouette would work at the tiny dimensions required.

The final image was adjusted to ensure a likeness to the King’s image on the definitive ‘everyday’ stamp.

The pink rose in the new collection
The pink rose in the new collection (Royal Mail/PA)

Silhouettes can face left or right depending on the chosen design of the special stamps.

Charles, who is well known for his love of nature, is a keen hands-on gardener, who has spent more than 40 years transforming the grounds around Highgrove House – his private Gloucestershire retreat.

King Charles III stamp unveiled
One of the first sheets of the 1st class definitive stamp featuring the King (Victoria Jones/PA)

A Royal Mail spokesperson said: “Flowers mark our celebrations, our joys and our sorrows and, above all, they unify us through a pleasure that we can all understand.”

The first class floral stamps are available to pre-order from March 14 at and on 03457 641 641.

The King personally chose the flowers which adorned his mother’s coffin (Jonathan Brady/PA)

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