William Shakespeare as the greatest English playwright. Ten original stamps introduced by Royal Mail

William Shakespeare as the greatest English playwright. Ten original stamps introduced by Royal Mail
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William Shakespeare, often called the English national poet, is widely considered the greatest dramatist of all time. 2016 sees the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, the most published author and most performed dramatist of all time as well as a global icon of UK culture.

StampNews.com is glad to inform that to commemorate this milestone Royal Mail is issuing a set of ten Special First Class stamps paying tribute to the genius of Shakespeare through his immortal words and poetry. The stamps feature phrases from his plays and sonnets. Quotations on the items are from plays including Hamlet, Macbeth and Romeo And Juliet.

Philip Parker, of Royal Mail, said: "It is fitting that Shakespeare is being honoured with a set of stamps to mark the 400th anniversary of his death.

"The stamps celebrate the power of his language, which continues to influence us every day."

Meanwhile, the Queen is set to mark the anniversary of Shakespeare's death by displaying treasures at Windsor Castle illustrating the royal family's love of the Bard.

A copy of the playwrights's second folio, annotated by both Charles I and George III, is among the family heirlooms that will go on show from Saturday in an exhibition for visitors to the 89-year-old monarch's favourite royal residence.

Among the other treasures is a drawing of Romeo and Juliet by the future Queen Victoria when she was 15, and a colourfully bound copy of The Merry Wives of Windsor presented to Queen Mary in 1917.

The exhibition, Shakespeare in the Royal Library, features books, maps, prints, and works of art showing how generations of monarchs since Elizabeth I have enjoyed the work of Britain's greatest dramatist.

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