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Welcome to the Royal Philatelic Society London, the oldest philatelic Society in the world, established in 1869 as The Philatelic Society, London.

The home of philatelic excellence, expertise and friendship.

"The Royal", as we are universally known, is committed to moving with the times.

Our website has two aims:

  1. To make the services of the Society available to our fellows and members who cannot visit us in London.

  2. To fulfil our charitable objectives by making information and resources available to the worldwide philatelic community.

We have over 1150 overseas members, almost 900 members in the United Kingdom, and our libraries, collections and archives go back to the beginning of the postage stamp and beyond.

Patrick Maselis, President

We welcome new members who share our aims and objectives, from wherever in the world they may be. We hope that you find much of value here, and of course there is more for members than for the casual user.

We welcome feedback, comment and suggestions, positive, or less so. If you wish to join the Society, or you would like to find out more about the benefits of membership, please click this button:

With best wishes, Patrick Maselis, President


The Society's New Premises

The Society will be moving to new premises in 2019. Please click on the button below for the details:

Forthcoming Meetings at No.41

On Thursday 18 October 2018 at 5pm, David Leathart will present 'Walking in the QV Specimen footsteps of Marcus Samuel'.

On Thursday 8 November 2018 at 1pm, Patrick Maselis will display Belgians Overseas.

Click here to view the Programme of Events for 2018-2019

Stockholmia 2019

As part of the 150th Anniversary, for its major official international celebration, the Society is delighted to be joining its members and friends from around the world at the 'Stockholmia 2019' international philatelic exhibition in Stockholm, Sweden from 29th May to 2nd June 2019.

Information about all of the activities and events that are taking place in London, Hong Kong, the USA, and Sweden to celebrate the Society's 150th Anniversary is available by clicking here.

As announced in the London Philatelist, the online registration for Stockholmia 2019 is open, including the sale of admission tickets and accommodation. More information on this is available here. Member, Patron and Exhibitor registration is available from this link. The public may register and purchase tickets by clicking here.

Sheets of self-adhesive Cinderella labels, to commemorate Stockholmia 2019 and the Society's 150th Anniversary, are available to purchase from the Society. Click here for details.

Julian Chapman Award

Click here for Queensland pre-UPU announcement.

During 2016, the RPSL was in its 148th year, and a display was given at the World Stamp Show NY 2016 in New York City 28 May - 4 June 2016, with items from each of the years of the Society's history. Click here to view the sheets from this display.

Other News

The Royal Philatelic Society London is pleased to announce the formation of a partnership with pre-eminent philatelic libraries around the world to provide a centralised gateway to the greatest philatelic research in existence. More...


Tomorrow's Royal Appeal

We have found a great and historic location and a building which we believe will support the Royal for the coming century and secure the future of the oldest philatelic society in the world. Our move into the premises is now less than 12 months away, and the excitement is palpable. Generous donations will greatly assist in mitigating costs and regular giving of smaller amounts is encouraged. To find out more, and see how you can recognise what the Society means to you by helping support the Tomorrow’s Royal fundraising appeal, please click this button:

RPSL Members Elected to Sign the
Roll of Distinguished Philatelists in 2018

Four members of the Royal Philatelic Society London are being invited to sign the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists in 2018. This is regarded as the world’s pre-eminent philatelic honour, and is in recognition of outstanding services to philately.

At a recent meeting, the members of the Board of Election unanimously decided to ask Robert Abensur (France), Gustaf Douglas FRPSL (Sweden), Cheryl R. Ganz FRPSL (United States of America), and Geoffrey Lewis FRPSL (Australia) to sign the Roll.

The Signing Ceremony will take place on Friday 27th July at The Assembly Rooms in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, during the Philatelic Congress of Great Britain. Click here for the Press Release, and there is information about the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists available on the ABPS' website.

Russian Medals for the Society and the President

On Thursday 25th January 2018, in connection with a visit and display to the Royal Philatelic Society London by members of the Russian Academy of Philately, the Society was awarded the Fabergé Medal. This medal is awarded by the Russian Academy of Philately with the approval of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, and at most 2 medals are awarded each year (although more typically it is not awarded, or just one is awarded per year).

The Faberge medal

The Fabergé Medal was created in memory of two outstanding philatelic collectors, Agathon Karlovich Fabergé (1876–1951) and his son Oleg Agathonovich Fabergé (1923-1993), the last representatives of the world-famous House of Fabergé jewellery firm. The medal is awarded to collectors and outstanding figures of politics, science and culture who carry out public charitable activities in the promotion, strengthening and development of Russian philately. Click here for a picture of the presentation of the Fabergé Medal.

On the same occasion, the Society's President Patrick Maselis RDP FRPSL was awarded Membership of the Order for Peace and Friendship of the Russian Peace Foundation (Российский Фонд Мира). The Order's medal was created in 2015 to mark the 200th Anniversary of the Congress of Vienna. Click here for a picture of the presentation of the award.

Both medals were presented by Igor Davidovich Panfilov, UNESCO professor, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Peace Foundation and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Russian Academy of Philately.

Society Publications

Following the publication of ‘British Letter Mail to Overseas Destinations 1840 to UPU’, by Jane & Michael Moubray, it was discovered that page 307a had been inadvertently omitted. The missing page can be downloaded in PDF format from the Publications web page.

Social Media

The RPSL is on Twitter
and also on Facebook @royalphilsoclondon

The Museum of Philatelic History is on Facebook @musphilhistory

The Catalogue

Click here to search the Catalogue, which includes museum artefacts.

View recent displays at 41 Devonshire Place here: Events > Recent Displays.

De La Rue Collection Archive material images included. More...

Members' Area

Please log in to the system using the panel at top right to be able to view the full content of the web site, including videos of live events. Fellows and Members of the Royal Philatelic Society London who wish to obtain a username and password for the Members' Area can register online by clicking this link (your contact id, which appears on your London Philatelist mailing sheet, is required). Alternatively you can email secretary@rpsl.org.uk asking for these.