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Postie unveils Queen's 80th stamp
Postman with a picture of the new stamp
Mr Boor with one of eight stamps which celebrate the Queen's 80th
A postman who delivers mail to the Queen at her Balmoral estate has unveiled a new stamp to celebrate her 80th birthday.

Andrew Bloor, from Ballater, has served the Royal household on behalf of Royal Mail for 23 years.

The stamp, which shows the Queen smiling as she greets dignitaries, is one of eight which will go on sale ahead of her birthday on 21 April.

Mr Bloor said he thought the set of stamps captured her personality well.

One of the snaps, which commemorate eight decades of her life, shows the five-year-old Elizabeth gently sleeping on the shoulder of the smiling Queen Mother.

Another shows her laughing at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in 1985.

Thanksgiving service

Other images capture happy moments with members of her family and on board the Royal Yacht Britannia.

I share the Queen's birthday and celebrate my 40th this 21 April
Addy Nicholls, London

Mr Bloor, 48, has been invited to St Paul's Cathedral in London in June to attend a national service of thanksgiving to mark the Queen's official birthday.

The postman said he had met the Queen on several occasions, often when she was walking her dogs or riding her horse in the grounds of the estate.

He said: "It has been a really special honour and a privilege to have delivered mail to the Royal family at Balmoral.

"The few times I have met her over that time she has always been relaxed, down-to-earth and very nice."

He added that the stamps were a great tribute to the Queen and wished her many happy returns on her birthday.

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