The Royal Wedding celebrations symbolized a new beginning for Britain after World War II. Seventy years later, we designed the commemorative stamps to celebrate and reflect.
- What we did
- Art direction; stamp and print communications.
Queen Elizabeth II is the first British monarch to celebrate a platinum wedding anniversary, which was on 20 November 2017. We were commissioned by Royal Mail for the set of commemorative stamps, first-day covers, date stamps and presentation pack to commemorate this auspicious event. With access to nearly 40 images from 1947, we needed to tell a story of their relationship in just six. We could have embellished the photographs to add impact, but with such nationally treasured material, this sensitive project warranted a delicate touch. We art directed precise retouching, cropping and duotone adjustments and were relieved to receive notice of final sign-off that is given personally by Her Majesty.
As with all of our stamp issues, we had to be very respectful to the events and this issue in particular required a subtle touch which Mytton Williams understood and provided. We needed to represent the original photographs in a balanced and informative way. The designers’ proposal of pairing the stamps aided pace and helped inform the three stages of the engagement, wedding and honeymoon we focused on. We are extremely happy with the final design.Dean Price, Design Manager, Royal Mail Stamps & Collectibles
It’s always a joy working with master craftsmen.
We were delighted to be asked to create the supporting material for 2018’s Christmas stamps. The stamps feature beautifully timeless paintings by Andrew Davidson of cards being posted. For the accompanying material we wanted to create a suite that expanded on the story of sending and receiving at Christmas. From the writing of the cards to the vans and trains delivering them across a wintery landscape.