· 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta will be commemorated with a set in June
· The bicentenary of The Battle of Waterloo and the 75th anniversary of The Battle of Britain will also be commemorated
· The British sense of humour is celebrated with the Comedy Greats issue on 1 April
· The sport of Rugby Union features in 2015 with a set of stamps launching in September as England hosts the eighth Rugby World Cup
Royal Mail’s 2015 Special Stamp programme is set to showcase the best of British from great inventions to pivotal events on the battlefield.
The year kicks off with Alice in Wonderland stamps released on 6 January to mark the 150th anniversary of the publication of one of the most well-loved children’s books of all time.
Royal Mail will also honour prominent key British inventions with the Inventive Britain issue in February.
The British sense of humour is celebrated with the Comedy Greats issue on 1 April. This set of stamps features iconic comedians who have provided some of the nation’s most memorable laugh-out-loud moments in television, film and theatre history.
May 2015 will see the second issue in the five-year series of stamps commemorating the First World War and a set to mark the 175thanniversary of the Penny Black, the world’s first ever stamp.
The 2015 calendar continues the military theme with Special Stamps marking the bicentenary of The Battle of Waterloo in June and 75 years since The Battle of Britain in July.
The 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta will be marked by the release of a set of stamps in June, while a series of national events across the country will commemorate this historic document.
The sport of Rugby Union features in 2015 with a set of stamps launching in September as England hosts the eighth Rugby World Cup.
In what is set to be a notable year of stamp issues, other sets include Bridges, Bees and Christmas, which will take a religious theme.
2015 Special Stamp Programme
6 January Alice in Wonderland
20 January Smilers Refresh
19 February Inventive Britain
5 March Bridges
1 April Comedy Greats
6 May Penny Black
14 May First World War: 1915
2 June Magna Carta
18 June The Battle of Waterloo
16 July The Battle of Britain
18 August Bees
18 September Rugby World Cup
10 October TBC
3 November Christmas