Battle of Waterloo commemorative stamps issued

The stamps are marking the 200th anniversary of the battle. Picture: PA

The stamps are marking the 200th anniversary of the battle. Picture: PA

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A SET of stamps is being issued to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, while mail will be stamped with a special postmark.

Six stamps reproduce 19th century paintings depicting key events of the battle, while a miniature sheet is also being launched commemorating troops of the main nations involved, including the 92nd Gordon Highlanders and Light Infantry.

The battle is often described as the 'day that changed European history'. Picture: PA

The battle is often described as the 'day that changed European history'. Picture: PA

Royal Mail worked with historians on the stamp set, which features the large painting of the “final attack” that hangs in Apsley House, London and was bought by Britain’s military leader, the Duke of Wellington.

Evelyn Webb-Carter, chairman of charity Waterloo 200, said of the stamps: “They are an excellent reminder of an important moment in European history.

“Waterloo heralded a significant period of peace in Europe when the nations we are familiar with today were established and flourished. It is a moment in history we do well to reflect on and these stamps will help us to do so.”

Andrew Hammond, director of stamps and collectibles at Royal Mail said: “Our new stamps mark one of the most famous battles in British history, which also brought an end to the Napoleonic Wars.

“We pay tribute to the troops who took part with stamps showing the key events on the day.”

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