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Official King Richard III Society Cover

King Richard III

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Royal Mail's first stamp set in their Kings and Queens series focused on the War of the Roses. Buckingham Covers teamed up with the Richard III Society to commemorate the last Yorkist King of England, and produced this official Richard III Society FDC.

  • Featuring the first Kings and Queens Royal Mail stamp set
  • Limited editions genuinely signed by Sir Ian McKellen and the Duke of Gloucester
  • Official Richard III Society cover
  • Exclusive to Buckingham Covers!

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Special Signed Editions

A limited number of these covers were personally signed by Sir Ian McKellen to help raise money for ChildLine. While perhaps more famous for his roles in films such as Lord of the Rings, Sir Ian has portrayed Richard III in the 1995 film of the same name.

Alternatively, a small number of covers have been personally signed by HRH The Duke of Gloucester.

We are delighted to have worked with the Richard III Society to produce this wonderful first day cover. The society believes that Richard III wasn't a hunchbacked, child murdering monster at all, and encourage academic research into Richard III and his time period to learn more about the real man and the times in which he lived.

The cover postmark shows Richard's famous heraldic badge of a white boar. The illustration is a famous painting of Richard III and we were very kindly given permission by the Society of Antiquaries. This is a portrait of Richard III before it was doctored to look ugly by the terrible Tudors as part of their propaganda campaign!

Limited Edition Alternative

If you love this cover, don't miss our limited alternative edition. It bears the stamps from the Kings and Queens miniature sheet and only a limited number were produced.

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If you are a member of the Richard III Society, please let us know in the "comments box" when you place your order with is, as the Society will benefit from your purchase.

What is a first day cover?

At its most basic level, a first day cover (FDC) is an envelope bearing stamps postmarked on the first day that the stamps were issued. A cover originates from the practice of covering a letter in a separate sheet, so that it remained protected and safe from prying eyes. On the day the penny black was first issued, 1 May 1840, so emerged the very first FDC. Click here to find out more about first day covers

We're afraid the unsigned edition of this cover is now sold out. Do you have one of these covers in good condition that you'd like to sell? We are one of the only cover company who actively buy back our own covers and sheets, so, please email Brian Austin or contact him on +44 (0)1303 278 137 to find out what price we are currently offering.

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Quick Facts: King Richard III is a First-day Cover Issue date : 28th February 2008

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