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KING'S BACK ON HIS OLD STAMPING GROUND; Post office launches Royal anniversary images.


HENRY VII "visited" Denbigh Castle this week to launch Royal Mail's latest set of House of Tudor commemorative stamps.

Denbigh postman Clwyd Foulkes took on the regal role of the 15th century monarch in a recreation of the First Class stamp image.

Royal Mail marks the 500th anniversary of the accession of Henry VIII and continues the 600 year journey through history with the second in its Kings and Queens series celebrating the Royal Houses of England.

The set features six Tudor Kings and Queens and is available from post offices from Tuesday, April 21.

The Tudors originated in Penmynydd, between Menai Bridge and Llangefni, Anglesey, and were one of the island's most powerful families.

They gave rise to the Royal dynasty of the House of Tudor.

The family's rise to power began with Ednyfed Fychan, lord steward to Llywelyn the Great in the 13th century As a result of his service he was granted large tracts of land across North Wales, including Penmynydd. His sons (one of whom was named Tudor) also served the Princes of Gwynedd.

The family later became loyal to the English king,

Edward I, when he conquered Wales, and retained their power and influence..

The stamps feature individual portraits of the six monarchs complemented with a four-stamp Miniature Sheet illustrating significant people and events from the period..


Denbigh postie Foulkes poses as Henry VII with one of the new stamps outside Denbigh Castle
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Apr 21, 2009
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