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  • Edward Elgar (1857 - 1934)
    Sir Edward William Elgar, 1st Baronet, OM, GCVO From Wikipedia (2 June 1857 – 23 February 1934) was an English composer, many of whose works have entered the British and international cl...
  • Dame Margot Fonteyn de Arias, DBE (1919 - 1991)
    Dame Margot Fonteyn de Arias, DBE (18 May 1919 – 21 February 1991), was an English ballerina. She is widely regarded as one of the greatest classical ballet dancers of all time. She spent her en...
  • Frederick John Perry (1909 - 1995)
    Frederick John Perry (18 May 1909 – 2 February 1995) was a championship-winning English tennis and table tennis player who won 10 Majors including eight Grand Slams and two Pro Slams. Perry won ...
  • Bradley Marc Wiggins
    Bradley Marc Wiggins , CBE (born 28 April 1980) is a British professional track and road cyclist, riding for the UCI ProTeam Team Sky. He won the 2012 Tour de France, becoming the first British winner ...
  • Emmeline Pankhurst (1858 - 1928)
    From - (please visit for full citations) Emmeline Pankhurst (born Emmeline Goulden) (15 July 1858 – 14 June 1928) was a British political activist and leader of the British suffragette movemen...

People on British Commemorative Stamps

The policy followed by the Royal Mail is that the only identifiable living people depicted on British stamps are the monarch and other members of the Royal Family (or people imminently marrying into it).

This policy has only occasionally been broken. In the 1967 issue commemorating the solo round the world voyage of Gipsy Moth IV a person appears as an unidentifiable blob on the yacht – as there was only one person on board it must have been Francis Chichester. Similarly in the issue honouring Freddie Mercury, drummer Roger Taylor can be seen in the background.

The rule was again broken in December 2003 when players from England's victory over Australia in the 2003 Rugby World Cup Final were shown; however, no faces appeared.

The rule was finally abandoned with the release on 6 October 2005 of a set of stamps to commemorate the English cricket team's victory over Australia in the 2005 Ashes series. The four stamps clearly and deliberately depict members of the team including captain Michael Vaughan and Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff. A series of stamps released in January 2007 featured some of the most famous Beatles album covers, which also show members of the band. Similarly, a 2011 stamp features actor David Tennant in the role of Hamlet.

People in the list below who have Geni profiles have bold links. Other links are to biographical pages on-line - mostly Wikipedia - whose trees could be added, built and researched by volunteers looking for something to do!

CollectGBStamps is a good online reference with excellent illustrations.

Some people listed have been honoured or commemorated on stamps without a portrait. These are listed separately. Where they have also had portraits on stamps those entries with no portrait are marked §

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E

  • Edward IV (1461-1470 & 1471-1483) The Houses of Lancaster and York (2008)
  • Edward V (1483) The Houses of Lancaster and York (2008)
  • Edward VI (1547-1553) Kings and Queens (Tudors) (2009)
  • King Edward VII The House of Windsor (2012)
  • King Edward VIII
    • (1936)
    • The House of Windsor (2012)
  • Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex Royal Wedding (1999)
  • George Eliot -
    • Famous Authoresses (1980) -
    • National Portrait Gallery (2006)
  • Edward Elgar (1985)
  • Elizabeth I (1558-1603) Kings and Queens (Tudors) (2009)
  • Queen Elizabeth II
    • (1952)
    • 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II (1986)
    • Bicentenary of Australian Settlement (1988)
    • 40th Anniversary of Accession (1992)
    • Royal Golden Wedding (1997)
    • Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother's 100th Birthday (2000)
    • Golden Jubilee (2002)
    • 50th Anniversary of Coronation (2003)
    • Trooping the Colour (2005)
    • Her Majesty The Queen's 80th Birthday (2006)
    • The Diamond Wedding Anniversary (2007)
    • The House of Windsor (2012);
    • Double Jubilee Miniature Sheet
    • HM The Queen's Diamond Jubilee (2012)
  • Major Edwards. 150th Anniversary of the Crimean War (2004)
  • Duncan Edwards, footballer - Football Legends (1996)
  • Olaudah Equiano - Abolition of the Slave Trade (2007)

F

G

H

  • Emperor Hadrian. Roman Britain (1993)
  • Dr. Edmond Halley. Appearance of Halley's Comet (1986)
  • Odette Hallowes, agent in occupied France. Britons of Distinction (2012)
  • Gustav Hamel. Centenary of Aerial Post (2011)
  • Lewis Hamilton (2008) British World Champion Grand Prix Drivers (2010)
  • George Frederic Handel (1985)
  • Thomas Hardy 150th Birth Anniversary of Thomas Hardy (author) (1990)
  • Sir Arthur Harris Royal Air Force (1986)
  • George Harrison - The Beatles Album Covers (2007)
  • Dame Marea Hartman. Sports Administrator. 20th Century Women of Achievment - Portraits of Genius (1996)
  • William Harvey - 1628 Blood Circulation. House of Stuart (2010)
  • Henry IV (1399-1413) The Houses of Lancaster and York (2008)
  • King Henry V - (1413-1422)
    • (1964)
    • Medieval Warriors/ Great Britons (1974)
    • The Houses of Lancaster and York (2008)
  • Henry VI (1422-61 & 1470-71) The Houses of Lancaster and York (2008)
  • Henry VII (1457-1509) Kings and Queens (Tudors) (2009)
  • King Henry VIII (1509-1547)
    • Maritime Heritage (1982) -
    • Death Anniversary of King Henry VIII (1997)
    • Kings and Queens (Tudors) (2009)
  • Sir John Herschel. General Anniversaries (1970)
  • Sir William Herschel, astronomer (1970)
  • Damon Hill (1996) British World Champion Grand Prix Drivers (2010)
  • Graham Hill
    • Grand Prix (2008)
    • (1962/1968) British World Champion Grand Prix Drivers (2010)
  • Sir Rowland Hill, postal reformer
    • Death Centenary of Sir Rowland Hill (postal reformer) (1979)
    • Communications (1995)
    • §250th Anniversary of the Royal Society of Arts (2004)
  • Phillip Hindes Cycling: Track Men's Team Sprint - Team GB Gold Medal Winners (2012)
  • Alfred Hitchcock, filmmaker 100 Years of going to the pictures -
    • British Film Year (1985)
    • A Cinema Celebration (1996)
  • Prof. Dorothy Hodgkin Scientist.
    • 20th Century Women of Achievment - Portraits of Genius (1996)
    • Royal Society 350th Anniversary - Crystallography (2010)
  • Gustav Holst, composer (1985)
  • Queen Catherine Howard, wife of Henry VIII - Death Anniversary of King Henry VIII (1997)
  • Sir Chris Hoy Cycling: Track Men's Team Sprint - Team GB Gold Medal Winners (2012)
  • Henry Hudson, explorer. British Polar Explorers (1972)
  • James Hunt
    • §Grand Prix (2007)
    • (1976) British World Champion Grand Prix Drivers (2010)

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J

  • James I (1406-1437) House of Stewart (2010)
  • James I (1603-1625) House of Stuart (2010)
  • James II (1437-1460) House of Stewart (2010)
  • James II 1685-1688) House of Stuart (2010)
  • James III (1460-1488) House of Stewart (2010)
  • James IV (1488-1513) House of Stewart (2010)
  • James V (1513-1542) House of Stewart (2010)
  • James VI (1567-1625) House of Stewart (2010)
  • Montague Rhodes James, Scholar and author. Britons of Distinction 2012
  • Edward Jenner, Royal Society 350th Anniversary - Vaccination (2010)
  • Amy Johnson (pilot) Extreme Endeavours (British Explorers) (2003)
  • Samuel Johnson - Eminent Britons - Lexicographer, critic and poet (2009)
  • Claudia Jones. Women of Achievement (Civil Rights) (2008)

K

  • John Keats, poet. Literary Anniversaries (1971)
  • Jason Kenny Cycling: Track Men's Team Sprint - Team GB Gold Medal Winners (2012)
  • Alice Keppel, mistress of Edward VII, great-grandmother of Camilla Parker-Bowles (1983)
  • Violet Keppel (1983)
  • John Knox - 1559 Reformation. House of Stewart (2010)

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M

N

O

P

  • Emmeline Pankhurst
    • British Anniversaries - Mrs Emmeline Pankhurst (statue) (1968)
    • National Portrait Gallery (2006)
  • Queen Catherine Parr, wife of Henry VIII (1997)
  • Bishop Richard Parry. Editor of revised Welsh Bible 400th Anniversary of Welsh Bible (1988)
  • Fred Perry - Eminent Britons - Lawn Tennis Champion (2009)
  • Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten
    • (1972)
    • Royal Golden Wedding (1997)
    • The Diamond Wedding Anniversary (2007)
    • 90th Birthday of HRH The Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh (2011)
  • Captain Mark Phillips - Royal Wedding (1973)
  • Kevin Pieterson - England's Ashes Victory (2005)
  • Sgt. Maj. Poole. 150th Anniversary of the Crimean War (2004)
  • Lord Portal Royal Air Force(1986)
  • Sgt. Powell. 150th Anniversary of the Crimean War (2004)
  • Henry Purcell - Eminent Britons - Composer and Musician (2009)

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R

  • Sir Henry Raeburn Artistic Anniversaries (1973)
  • Corporal Agansing Raj - Victoria Cross (2006)
  • Sir Walter Raleigh (1973)
  • Eleanor Rathbone. Women of Achievement (Family Allowance) (2008)
  • Sir Joshua Reynolds
    • Artistic Anniversaries (1973)
    • National Portrait Gallery (2006)
  • Richard III (1483-1485) The Houses of Lancaster and York (2008)
  • Gus Risman Centenary of Rugby League (1995)
  • Robert the Bruce - Medieval Warriors
    • Great Britons (1974)
    • Millenium Series. The Soldier's Tale (1999)
  • Sir James Clark Ross. British Polar Explorers (1972)
  • Ernest Rutherford, Royal Society 350th Anniversary - atomic structure (2010)
  • Sir Martin Ryle - Eminent Britons - Radio survey of the Universe 1959 (2009)

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  • William Salesbury. New Testament translator. 400th Anniversary of Welsh Bible (1988)
  • Ignatius Sancho - Abolition of the Slave Trade (2007)
  • Sir Malcolm Sargent. British Conductors(1980)
  • Dame Cicely Saunders - National Portrait Gallery (2006)
  • Captain Robert Falcon Scott Antarctic Explorer
    • British Polar Explorers (1972)
    • Extreme Endeavours (British Explorers) (2003)
  • Sir Walter Scott
    • Literary Anniversaries (1971)
    • National Portrait Gallery (2006)
  • Mary Seacole - National Portrait Gallery (2006)
  • Peter Sellers British Film Year (1985)
  • Queen Jane Seymour, wife of Henry VIII - Death Anniversary of King Henry VIII (1997)
  • Ernest Shackleton (Antarctic Explorer) Extreme Endeavours (British Explorers) (2003)
  • Sir Nicholas Shackleton, Royal Society 350th Anniversary - Earth Sciences (2010)
  • William Shakespeare
    • (1964)
    • Bicentenary of Australian Settlement (1988) -
    • National Portrait Gallery (2006)
  • Granville Sharp - Abolition of the Slave Trade (2007)
  • Archibald Skirving (1966)
  • Lady Diana Spencer - ** Royal Wedding (1981);
    • Commemoration (1998)
  • Henry Morton Stanley British Explorers (1973)
  • Heather Stanning Rowing Women's Pairs - Team GB Gold Medal Winners
  • Ringo Starr - The Beatles Album Covers (2007)
  • Sophie, Countess of Wessex Royal Wedding (1999)
  • Freya Stark. Traveller and Writer. Extreme Endeavours (British Explorers) (2003)
  • George Stephenson - Railways. Pioneers of Industrial Revolution (2009)
  • Jackie Stewart (1969/1971/1973)
    • §Grand Prix (2007)
    • British World Champion Grand Prix Drivers (2010)
  • Marie Stopes. Women of Achievement (Family Planning) (2008)
  • Etienne Stott Canoe Slalom: Men's Canoe Double (C2) - Team GB Gold Medal Winners (2012)
  • George Stubbs
    • (1967)
    • § Dogs- Paintings by George Stubbs (1991)
  • Charles Sturt British Explorers (1973)
  • Jim Sullivan. Centenary of Rugby League (1995)
  • John Surtees (1964) British World Champion Grand Prix Drivers (2010)

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  • Lord Tedder Royal Air Force (1986)
  • David Tennant (2011)
  • Alfred Lord Tennyson. Death Centenary of Alfred, Lord Tennyson (poet) (1992)
  • Lord Trenchard Royal Air Force (1986)

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V

  • Michael Vaughan - England's Ashes Victory (2005)
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams General Anniversaries (1972)
  • Queen Victoria (1837-1901)
    • (1840 & 1970)
    • Kings & Queens, House of Hannover (2011)

W

  • Harold Wagstaff. Centenary of Rugby League (1995)
  • Alfred Russel Wallace, scientist Royal Society 350th Anniversary - Evolution (2010)
  • Robert Walpole 1721 First Prime Minister Kings & Queens, House of Hannover (2011)
  • Anna Watkins Rowing: Women's Double Sculls - Team GB Gold Medal Winners (2012)
  • James Watt - Steam Engineering, Pioneers of Industrial Revolution (2009)
  • Josiah Wedgewood - Ceramics. Pioneers of Industrial Revolution (2009)
  • Bradley Wiggins - Cycling: Road Men's Time Trial - Team GB Gold Medal Winners (2012)
  • William Wilberforce - Abolition of the Slave Trade (2007)
  • William III (1689-1702) House of Stuart (2010)
  • His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales.
    • Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother's 100th Birthday
    • 21st Birthday of Prince William of Wales (2003)
    • Royal Wedding (2011)
  • William IV (1830-1837) Kings & Queens, House of Hannover (2011)
  • Peter Wilson Shooting: Shotgun Men's Double Trap - Team GB Gold Medal Winners (2012)
  • Mary Wollstonecraft - Eminent Britons - Pioneering feminist (2009)* Henry Wood British Conductors (1980)
  • Virginia Woolf - National Portrait Gallery (2006)
  • Billy Wright footballer - Football Legends (1996)

X-Y-Z

  • Xiuhtecuhtli, Mixtec-Aztec. 250th Anniversary of the British Museum (2003)

People honoured or commemorated on stamps without a portrait.

A

  • Robert Adam - 1763 Kedleston Hall. Kings & Queens, House of Hannover
  • Hardy Amies. Great British Fashion (2012)
  • Gerry Anderson. The Genius of Gerry Anderson 2011
  • Jane Austen (1975)

B

  • Charles Barsotti Cartoons (1996)
  • Harry Beck. Design Classics (London Underground map) (2009)
  • Celia Birtwell. Great British Fashion (2012)
  • Sir James Black 1962. Medical Breakthroughs (Heart-regulating beta-blockers synthesized) (2010)
  • Enid Blyton. Birth Centenary of Enid Blyton (1997)
  • Michael Bond. Favourite Children's Book Animals (Paddington Bear) (2006)
  • Isambard Brunel (2006)
  • Edward Burne-Jones. Morris and Company (2011)

C

  • Mel Calman - Cartoons (1996)
  • Sir Malcolm Campbell. Bluebird. Speed (1998)
  • Eric Carle. Favourite Children's Book Animals (The Very Hungry Caterpillar) (2006)
  • Lewis Caroll.
    • The Year of the Child (1979)
    • Through the Looking Glass. Magical Tales (1998)
    • Favourite Children's Book Animals (Alice in Wonderland) (2006)
  • George Carwardine. Design Classics (Anglepoise lamp) (2009)
  • Sir John Charnley 1962. Medical Breakthroughs, (Total hip replacement operation pioneered) (2010)
  • Lucy Cousins. Favourite Children's Book Animals (Maisey's ABC (2006)
  • Leo Cullum. Cartoons (1996)

D

  • Roald Dahl. Favourite Children's Book Animals (The Enormous Crocodile) (2006)
  • Robin Day. Design Classics (Polypropylene Chair) (2009)
  • John Henry Dearle. Morris and Company (2011)
  • William De Morgan. Morris and Company (2011)
  • Charles Dickins
    • Literary Anniversaries
    • (2012)

F

  • Kate Faulkner. Morris and Company (2011)
  • Sir Alexander Fleming 1928 Medical Breakthroughs (Antibiotic properties of penicillin discovered) (2010)
  • Ian Fleming. James Bond (2008)
  • Andrew Foster. British Textiles (1982)

G

  • Kenneth Grahame. Wind in the Willows. The Year of the Child (1979)

H

  • Pip Hackett. Fabulous Hats (2001)
  • Norman Hatnell. Great British Fashion (2012)
  • Wenceslaus Hollar -
    • Parliament Buildings (after engraving by Hollar, 1647), 2s6d (1965);
    • Bridges of London - 'London Bridge, c1670' (Wenceslaus Hollar), 68p (2002)
  • Sir Godfrey Hounsfield 1971 Medical Breakthroughs (Computed tomography scanner invented) (2010)

I

  • Mark Inkpen. Favourite Children's Book Animals (Kipper) (2006)
  • Sir Alec Issigonis. Design Classics (Mk 1 Austin Mini) (2009)

J

Stephen Jones. Fabulous Hats (2001)

K

  • Rudyard Kipling. Centenary of Publication of Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories (2002)
  • Satoshi Kitamura. Favourite Children's Book Animals (Comic Adventures of Boots) (2006)

L

  • C S Lewis. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. Magical Tales (1998)

M

  • Alexander McQueen. Great British Fashion (2012)
  • A.A. Milne -
    • The Year of the Child (1979)
    • Children's Books - Winnie The Pooh (2010)
  • R J Mitchell. Design Classics (Supermarine Spitfire) (2009)
  • Simon de Montfort - 700th Anniversary of Simon de Montfort's Parliament (1965)
  • Mary 'May' Morris, Designer - Britons of Distinction (2012)
  • William Morris, Morris and Company
    • (2011)
    • British Textiles (1982)
  • Stirling Moss - Grand Prix (2007)
  • Jean Muir. Great British Fashion (2012)

N

  • Paul Nash. British Textiles (1982)
  • E Nesbit. The Phoenix and the Carpet. Magical Tales (1998)
  • Thomas Newcomen, Inventor. Britons of Distinction (2012)
  • Mary Norton. The Borrowers. Magical Tales )1998)
  • Tommy Nutter. Great British Fashion (2012)

O

Laurence Olivier. 100 Years of going to the pictures - A Cinema Celebration (1996)

P

  • Beatrix Potter.
    • The Year of the Child 1979
    • Favourite Children's Book Animals (Tale of Jeremy Fisher) (2006)
  • Augustus Pugin, Architect. Britons of Distinction (2012)

Q

  • Mary Quant. Design Classics (Mini Skirt) (2009)

R

  • John R. Cobb's Railton. Mobil Special. Speed (1998)
  • Dai Rees. Fabulous Hats (2001)
  • Zandra Rhodes. Great British Fashion (2012)
  • Sir Harold Ridley 1949. Medical Breakthroughs (Artificial lens implant surgery pioneered) (2010)
  • Sir Ronald Ross 1949 Medical Breakthroughs (Malaria parasite transmitted by mosquitoes proved0 (2010)

S

  • Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. Design Classics. (K2 Telephone Kiosk) (2009)
  • Henry Seagrave. Sunbeam. Speed (1998)
  • William Shipley (Founder of Royal Society of Arts) 250th Anniversary of the Royal Society of Arts (2004)
  • Paul Smith. Great British Fashion (2012)
  • Sir Basil Spence, Architect. Britons of Distinction 2012

T

  • John G Parry Thomas. Babs. Speed (1998)
  • J R R Tolkein.
    • (The Hobbit) Magical Worlds (1998)
    • 50th Anniversary of Publication of The Fellowship of The Ring and The Two Towers (2004)
  • Philip Treacy. Fabulous Hats (2001)
  • Alan Mathison Turing, Mathematician. Britons of Distinction (2012)
  • J M W Turner (Painter) Birth Bicentenary of J.M.W. Turner (painter) (1975)

V

  • John Vanbrugh, 1712 Castle Howard. House of Stuart (2010)

W

  • Philip Webb. Morris and Company (2011)
  • Vivienne Westwood. Great British Fashion (2012)

Y

  • Edward Young. Design Classics (Penguin Books) (2009)

Z

8 Jack Ziegler. Cartoons (1996)