New stamp issue to mark House of Tudor anniversary

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Now, a new issue of stamps is to be released by the Royal Mail, to mark the 500th anniversary of the accession of the dynasty's most famous son, Henry VIII.

The new issue, which will be released on Tuesday, will feature six contemporary portraits of the Tudor monarchs.

Two of them – portraits of Henry VII, the first Tudor monarch, and Elizabeth I, the last – are exclusively previewed today by The Sunday Telegraph.

The image of Henry VII, who ruled from 1585 to 1509, is on a first-class stamp; that of "Good Queen Bess", who ruled from 1558 to 1603, is on an 81p stamp.

The other portraits to be released are of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Lady Jane Grey – who ruled over England for just nine days – and Mary I.

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