|Founded by William the Conqueror
in around 1080, Windsor Castle is the oldest inhabited castle in
the world, and The Queen’s home. Our photographic celebration
explores iconic views and some of the sumptuous interiors. 2017
also marks the 25th anniversary of the devastating fire, which was
the spur to the extraordinary rebuilding and refurbishment that
almost 1m visitors a year enjoy. The fire at Windsor broke out in
the morning of 20 November 1992 and was finally extinguished
fifteen hours later.
One hundred and fifteen rooms were destroyed or very badly damaged by the fire and over a million gallons of water were pumped into the fabric of the building. The process of clearing, drying out, rebuilding and redecorating the damaged structure was completed exactly five years later.
A miniature sheet of an additional four stamps explores St George’s Chapel, the spiritual home of the Order of the Garter, Britain’s senior Order of Chivalry founded by Edward III. Building began within the Castle in 1475 and Henry VII completed the nave and extraordinary stone vaulted ceiling. Finally Henry VIII completed building work by 1528. The architecture is renowned as among the finest examples of Gothic in the UK – the late medieval style of English architecture.
1st class: The Long Walk, The Round Tower, and the Norman Gate. Note the EUROPA logo on the Norman Gate stamp.
£1.52: St George's Hall, The Queen's Ballroom, and The Waterloo Chamber
The focus of the miniature sheet is St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle.
The four stamps feature interior details within the Chapel
1st class: The Sir Reginald Bray Roof Boss; Fan-vaulted roof
£1.33: Garter banners, St George’s Cross roof boss
Self-adhesive retail booklet containing 4 x 1st class deep scarlet Machin definitives and two stamps from the miniature sheet.
The coding on the Machins should be MCIL M17L.
It would not be a surprise for there to be a second similar booklet issued on 20 November, being the anniversary of the fire and the
70th wedding anniversary of The Queen and Prince Phillip, for which special stamps are expected.
With no evidence that last year's had any affect on Stampex
attendance, Royal Mail will again offer a limited edition of the
miniature sheet with Spring Stampex overprint/inscription, to be
sold only at the event in London's Business Design Centre.
There will be no official card in the pack this time.
The official statement reads: To support attendance at Stamp shows a numbered limited edition pack featuring the Minisheet individually numbered and with
Stampex Overprint will be on sale only at Spring Stampex.
Prestige stamp book (other images to follow)
Pane 1 - 1st class Round Tower and Norman Gate; £1.52 Waterloo Chamber and Queen's Ballroom
Pane 2 - 1st class Long Walk; £1.52 St George's Hall
Pane 3 - 2 x 2p, 2 x 10p, 3 x 1st class, 1 x £1.05 Machin Definitive stamps.
These should have security codes of M17L MPIL
Pane 4 - stamps as on the miniature sheet.
Set of 6 stamps, miniature sheet, retail booklet. Presentation Pack containing set and miniature sheet
Set of 11 stamp cards - Two First Day Covers - Coin Cover - Prestige Stamp Book - Press sheet of 16 miniature sheets.
This page created 4 January 2017.
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