Queen could be stamped out in Royal Mail sell-off
The Queen’s head could disappear from British stamps as part of controversial plans to sell off the Royal Mail, it has been revealed.
Ministers are locked in frantic talks with Buckingham Palace to discuss how the monarch will be represented — if at all — on future stamps after the Government confessed it had failed to guarantee that the Queen’s image would survive.
Postal Affairs Minister Ed Davey admitted that current sell-off rules left future private owners, potentially including German mail operator Deutsche Post, free to stop using a representation of the monarch’s head, which has appeared on every British postage stamp since Sir Rowland Hill invented them in 1840.
Liberal Democrat MP Mr Davey insisted he was “aware of the issue” and revealed that negotiations with Buckingham Palace to close the loophole were under way.
But Royal insiders said that “anger” at the Palace at the proposed sale had been heightened by the fear that it could be rushed through before the 2012 Diamond Jubilee, when a range of special stamps is to be produced.