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Highclere Castle image on Royal Mail stamp

Special edition marks 300th anniversary of landscape designer

Jane Meredith

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AN IMAGE of Highclere Castle will soon be landing on doormats across the land – after featuring on a special set of stamps produced by Royal Mail.

The stunning parkland at the historic castle, owned by the eighth earl of Carnarvon, was designed by Capability Brown.

Royal Mail has marked the 300th anniversary of the landscape designer’s birth with a special set of landscape gardens stamps, including one featuring the castle. The new set of eight stamps was issued on August 16.

 In an online statement, Lord and Lady Carnarvon said they were delighted that the castle featured prominently in the “exciting and beautiful” issue of stamps.

Lady Carnarvon said: “I am a big fan of Royal Mail, and our wonderful postman, and I try to write first-class thank you letters. Now all our guests can send a beautifully-stamped letter or postcard too.”

The stamps are likely to be on sale at the gift shop at the castle, which recently hosted a vintage garden party, with the remarkable parkland – a feature of the award-winning ITV television series, Downton Abbey – as a backdrop.

Guests were invited to wear Edwardian costume and there was a vintage car display, marquees, hoopla, jugglers, brass band music, cocktails and music provided by a pianist in the Green drawing room. Lady Carnarvon also awarded prizes for the best costumes.

From October 13 to 18, the castle is hosting special Capability Brown open days. For more information visit www. highclerecastle.co.uk.

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