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Royal Mail reveals Christmas Stamps for 2021

Royal Mail today reveals its Christmas 2021 stamps, featuring scenes of the Nativity, exclusively illustrated by the internationally renowned artist, Jorge Cocco.

The illustrations warmly reflect the Biblical story of the Nativity from the Annunciation through to the journey of the Magi and the birth of Christ.

The six designs, portraying the Nativity, are reflective of Cocco’s modern style of painting - ‘sacrocubism’ - illustrating sacred events through post-cubist art.

Cocco’s work has won numerous awards and been acquired by important collectors. His work has been exhibited by 16 museums throughout the world.

Royal Mail also worked with Dr Andrew Davison Starbridge Associate Professor in Theology and Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge on the stamp issue.

David Gold, Director of External Affairs & Policy, Royal Mail, said:

“For many, the launch of our annual Christmas stamps marks the start of their festive planning. We hope that people will appreciate these beautiful illustrations of the Christmas Story, and that they will be encouraged to post their cards and parcels early this year.”

This year a limited number of Christmas stamps will feature barcodes. The addition will ensure that each barcoded stamp can be uniquely identified, which will pave the way for innovative customer services in the future.

Shop Early and Post Early for Christmas!

Royal Mail is encouraging customers to order their online gifts and shopping well in advance, and to post their festive greetings early, to help its postmen and women deliver the bumper festive mailbag. Its latest recommended posting dates for mail to arrive in time for Christmas are:

UK latest recommended posting dates for Christmas 2021 are:

  • Saturday 18 December

  • 2nd Class

  • 2nd Class Signed For

  • Royal Mail 48®

  • Tuesday 21 December

  • 1st Class

  • 1st Class Signed For

  • Royal Mail 24®

  • Thursday 23 December

  • Special Delivery Guaranteed®

Further information is available at:


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