Prime ministers honoured by stamps

A stamp featuring Margaret Thatcher, one of eight new stamps featuring British Prime Ministers (Royal Mail/PA)

A stamp featuring Margaret Thatcher, one of eight new stamps featuring British Prime Ministers (Royal Mail/PA)

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The first set of stamps dedicated to British prime ministers is being launched by the Royal Mail.

The four first-class and four 97p stamps feature portraits of leaders ranging from William Pitt the Younger (1783-1801) to Margaret Thatcher (1979-1990).

Other prime ministers included in the new stamps are Charles Grey (1830-1834), Robert Peel (1841-1846), William Ewart Gladstone (1868-1874), Clement Attlee (1945-1951), Winston Churchill (1951-1955) and Harold Wilson (1974-1976).

Royal Mail spokesman Andrew Hammond said: "As the UK is the one of the oldest parliamentary democracies in the world, it is fitting that we mark eight individuals who have held the role over the centuries."

Paul Lay, editor of History Today magazine, said: "This is an intriguing selection of prime ministers, reaching back to the 18th century.

"Some - Winston Churchill, William Gladstone - need little introduction, yet figures such as Charles Grey, the 2nd Earl Grey, though little known today, played crucial roles in some of British history's most important events, including the Great Reform Act of 1832, which set the country on the path to mass democracy, and the abolition of slavery."

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