School children court royal approval for Royal Mail Christmas stamp design competition
Christmas designs by youngsters from Northern Ireland have been given the stamp of approval by Royal Mail – but will need to win the backing of two other royals to win a place on our festive envelopes.
The 11 children have been chosen as regional finalists in the Royal Mail's Christmas Stamp Design Competition.
The winning designs will have to be approved by the Queen, with the final judging panel led by Prince Charles.
The 11 primary school children are up against 129 other UK-wide finalists from 12 regions and have been selected from over 240,000 entries.
They are: Niall Conn (7), Drelincourt Primary School, Armagh; Caitlin Johnston (7), St John the Baptist, Enniskillen; Grace Nolan (6), Tir-Na-Nog, Ballyclare; Kayla Campbell (7), St Therese's, Lenamore, Londonderry; Aisling O'Kane (6), St Treas, Magherafelt; Braiens Ivcenkovs (4), Drelincourt, Armagh; Ella Matchett (9), Bangor Central Integrated, Bangor; Kinga Palrolniczak (10), St Anne's, Strabane; Caitlin McGinley (10), Christ the Redeemer, Belfast; Lily McCaughan (11), St Patrick and St Brigid's, Ballycastle; Corin McCrea (9), Holywood, Holywood.
Two finalists from each region will go through to the national final and the stamps will be on sale from November 5.