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Sunday, 14 May, 2000, 08:51 GMT 09:51 UK
Stamps are a family affair
Stamp of Quuen Mother of King George VI
The Queen Mother is a favourite with stamp collectors
Four generations of the Royal Family will feature on stamps for the first time, as part of a set issued to commemorate the Queen Mother's 100th birthday this summer.

The Royal Mail is producing four 27p stamps featuring portraits of the Queen Mother, the Queen, the Prince of Wales and Prince William - who has never appeared on a stamp before.

Photographer John Swannell has been commissioned to capture the four generations.

'Enormous contribution'

Royal Mail stamps and collectibles managing director Mark Thomson said: "Royal Mail is celebrating the enormous contribution HM The Queen Mother has made to the public life of this country.

"She has lived through the most extraordinary century and her life reflects this."

It is also marking the occasion with a Prestige Stamp Book including a poem by Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion, and a Commemorative Document with a foreword by the Prince of Wales.

The stamps and other products will be available from 4 August.

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