Jersey PostA new set of six stamps featuring statues of King Edward VII have this week been released by Jersey Post. They are the first in a series called the ‘Royal Legacy of Queen Victoria’.

The series has been designed by Manchester agency True North.

True North was also the design agency responsible for the Royal Mail’s Olympic gold medal stamps.

Melanie Gouzinis of Jersey Post said the black and white stamps were printed with gold metallic ink which “complements perfectly the grandiose nature of the stamps.”

The series commemorates Jersey’s annual Battle of Flowers which began as a coronation celebration for King Edward VII. The floral carnival has been going every year since, apart from during the German occupation of the island.

The King acceded to the throne as Edward VII following Queen Victoria’s death and was crowned in August 1902.

Gouzinis said: “Islanders will frequently drive past the statue of Queen Victoria which currently stands in Victoria Park, overlooking Victoria Avenue.

“In the same way that her name is prevalent in our everyday lives, Jersey has many other royal connections and it is interesting to look into the island’s relationships with the Kings and Queens who followed her.”

Gouzinis  added that True North’s brief saw the agency travelling across the United Kingdom and Toronto, Canada (where King Edward opened a park in honour of his mother) taking photos and undertaking research.