TWO schoolgirls who have designed this year's Christmas stamps
will see their names below the Queen's head on every one. And their
success will be noted in a special postmark on all mail delivered
from 5 November.
On Wednesday, the Prince of Wales presented vouchers worth £1000
to Molly Robson, aged seven, from Horsham, West Sussex, whose
portrait of Father Christmas is on the first-class stamp; and to
Rosie Hargreaves, aged ten, from Ivybridge, Devon, whose choir of
angels features on the second-class stamp.
The winning designs were chosen from more than 240,000 entries
from children aged between four and 11, who were asked: "What does
the Christmas season mean to you?" It is only the third time in the
Royal Mail's history that children have designed the Christmas
The stamps go on sale on 5 November. The unique postmark will
read: "Molly Robson/Rosie Hargreaves - Winner of Royal Mail's
Christmas Stamp Design Competition".
Molly, a pupil at Leechpool Primary School, and Rosie, from
Ermington Primary School, were also given £1000 for their schools.
In addition, the Prince gave them framed images of their
The chief executive of Royal Mail, Moya Greene, said: "These
wonderful images capture perfectly what Christmas means to many
people throughout the UK. We were overwhelmed that the competition
received more than 240,000 entries, and Molly and Rosie now follow
in the footsteps of some highly acclaimed children's designers and
illustrators who have designed Royal Mail's Christmas stamps in the