The votes have been tallied and the winners chosen for what is only the third time in the 500 year history of the Royal Mail, that Christmas stamps were designed by children. Prior to this year, children’s designs were used in 1966 and 1981.
The Queen approved both of the winning submissions for the first class and second class stamp design. The panel of judges was led by the Prince of Wales and included Moya Greene, Royal Mail’s Chief Executive, Lauren Child, children’s author of the Charlie and Lola series and Marcus James, Head of Stamp Design for the Royal Mail. Included on the panel was 1966 winner, Tasveer Shemza.
Winners were chosen from 240,000 submissions from participants aged four through 11. The competition was to design a stamp focusing on the question “What does Christmas mean to you?’
Winner of the first class stamp titled “Santa’ was seven year old Molly Robson from West Sussex.
The second class stamp winner was Rosie Hargreaves from Devon, with her submission ‘Singing Angels’.
Both girls attended the prize ceremony at Clarence House meeting Prince Charles and Moya Greene, Royal Mail Chief Executive. They both received framed copies of their winning stamps along with £1,000 in vouchers and £1,000 for their schools.
“These wonderful images capture perfectly what Christmas means to many people throughout the UK,” Moya Greene commented to BBC.
“It will make me happy to see my design as a stamp. My mum told me I had won by giving me a postbox money box. There was a note inside telling me that I had been chosen as the winner,” Molly Robson told West Sussex Today.
The stamps will be available to buy from 5 November.