In 2019, the Royal Philatelic Society London, the oldest philatelic Society in the world, established in 1869 as The Philatelic Society, London, celebrates its sesquicentenary.

A series of important events is planned in London and elsewhere to mark the Society’s 150th Anniversary. In addition to the STOCKHOLMIA 2019 exhibition, many other events will be taking place in the UK and around the world ensuring that all members have the opportunity of participating in as many celebratory events as possible. The planned events are as follows:

London 13-16 February 2019 RPSL exhibition at Spring STAMPEX; theme of H.M. King George V Our First Patron
London 10 April 2019 Foundation Day Lunch at Stationers' Hall, London
London 11 April 2019 Past Presidents’ displays at 41 Devonshire Place, London
International Event 29 May-2 June 2019 Stockholmia 2019 International Exhibition
London June 2019 (t.b.c.) Opening of new premises at 15 Abchurch Lane
Americas Event 17-20 October 2019 Exhibition, display, presentations, etc. at the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum in Washington.
Gibraltar Event 21 October 2019 Commemorative event at the Gibraltar Garrison Library to mark the Society's 150th Anniversary.
Sindelfingen, Germany 24-26 October 2019 Fair and exhibition at Sindelfingen in Germany.
London October 2019-April 2020 Four displays by UK regions at 15 Abchurch Lane
Asian Event 29 February 2020 Hong Kong - Gems of Asian Philately
London 2-9 May 2020 London 2020 International Exhibition. London 2020 website
London 7 May 2020 Regional & International Representatives meeting and displays at 15 Abchurch Lane
London 8 May 2020 The President’s Dinner, at the Guildhall (t.b.c.)

150th Anniversary Bulletins

Updates from Richard Stock FRPSL, the Co-ordinator of the 150th Anniversary Events,
are being sent to Members and are also available from these links:

150th Anniversary Update 29 May 2018.

150th Anniversary Update 8 July 2018.

150th Anniversary Update 21 September 2018.

150th Anniversary Update 5 December 2018.

150th Anniversary Update 18 December 2018.

Buckingham covers featuring the Royal Mail
"Stamp Classics" to be issued on 15 January 2019

Buckingham covers, featuring the Royal Mail "Stamp Classics" to be issued on 15 January 2019, will promote Tomorrow's Royal, feature our new home at 15 Abchurch Lane and display the RPSL's 150th Anniversary logo.
There are two covers, the first of which has the set of six stamps (consisting of one from each reign) cancelled by the "Stamp Classics" first day postmark.

The second cover bears a miniature sheet of the same stamps cancelled by a first day illustrated handstamp which features the "RPSL 1869" logo.

The covers were designed by Joanne Robinson, and the reverse of each cover has information about the Society, its history, significance and facilities offered to members.
The covers, which are £18.50 each, will be available to be ordered from the Buckingham covers website

More about the "Stamp Classics" issue from Royal Mail

The sheet of "Stamp Classics" features these stamps:
the Queen Victoria 1891 £1 green,
the King Edward VII 1910 2d Tyrian plum,
the King George V 1913 2/6d seahorse,
the King Edward VIII 1936 1½d,
the King George VI 1940 ½d Penny Black Centenary, and
the Queen Elizabeth II 1953 2½d Coronation.
The stamps only appear in a miniature sheet (click here to see the miniature sheet). A special version of the sheet will be available at Spring Stampex 2019, with an overprint for the exhibition on the sheet (but not on the stamps).
Royal Mail will be selling the miniature sheet, presentation pack, stamp postcards and first day covers for the issue; these can be obtained from Royal Mail's website. One of the Royal Mail's first day covers will have the miniature sheet cancelled by the handstamp featuring the "RPSL 1869" logo (click here to see the cover).

RPSL's Exhibition at Spring STAMPEX
13–16 February 2019

The celebrations will officially start at Spring STAMPEX at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London, in February 2019 with an exhibition on the theme "H.M. King George V Our First Patron". The themed exhibition will comprise 62 exhibits (competitive and display only) of stamps and postal history from the period 1910 to 1936 by 56 exhibitors, and will occupy 219 frames.

On Saturday 16 February 2019 there will be a seminar entitled “Displays using PowerPoint Presentations” and 150th Anniversary Medals and Certificates will be presented to the exhibitors.

Sesquicentenary Certificate

A 150th Anniversary Certificate has been approved by Council and it will be presented to members who exhibit at the King George V exhibition in February 2019 or present a display to the Society under existing arrangements between 1 January 2019 and 8 May 2020. A draft of the certificate may be viewed by clicking here.

RPSL Members' Collections 2019

For our 150th anniversary, the Society will publish a permanent and representative record of how and what RPSL members collect in 2019. Each page of the book will be a scan of the complete sheet(s) submitted by Fellows and Members.
Typesetting is complete and the book will be published during Spring STAMPEX in February 2019. All those who are contributors will receive a copy of the book. The price to other members will be £70 per copy plus postage. The full retail price will be £78 per copy plus postage.
Copies may be ordered and paid for now; click here for more details.

Foundation Day Lunch at Stationers’ Hall, London EC4
10 April 2019

A 150th Anniversary luncheon will be held on 10 April 2019 to celebrate the founding of the Society. The suite booked by the Society will accommodate up to 200 persons.

Demand is likely to be high and Council has decided that individual bookings only (member and one guest) are appropriate on this occasion. This important 150th anniversary celebration will consist of a champagne and canapés reception followed by a three course lunch with wine and other beverages. The price of each ticket is £140.

Tickets for the Foundation Day Luncheon have been available from Monday 3 December 2018. Bookings will be accepted in the order in which they are received and payment is required at the time of booking. The tickets may be purchased by telephoning the office at 41 Devonshire Place or via this Luncheon Ticket link to the online Shop.

To purchase tickets by telephone please call +44 (0) 20 7486 1044 and select option 1 for the Administration Team. If you purchase a ticket for a guest please provide the guest’s name at the time of booking. You will also be asked about dietary requirements. If you purchase tickets through the Online shop, please email any dietary requirements and the name of any guest for whom you have purchased a ticket to

45 tickets were sold on the 3rd December 2018, the day bookings opened.

1 p.m. Display from Her Majesty The Queen's and Past Presidents' Collections
11 April 2019

Our Patron Her Majesty The Queen will be exhibiting Great Britain Edward VII issues. It will be the last occasion on which material from the Royal Philatelic Collection will be displayed at our present home.

The material from Past Presidents' will be: Great Britain Norfolk postal history, early Mauritius postal stationery, Great Britain The Line-engraved Twopence Blue of 1841, Denmark 1851 Rigsbankskilling and 1854-69 Skilling adhesives, Austrian Blindman’s Mail 1892-1973, The Early Issues of Peru, Channel Islands postal history, Colchester postal history, Sicily postal history 1816 to 1861, Southern African postal history to 1910, Copenhagen Telephone Kiosks 1895-1980, and Great Britain Queen Elizabeth Wildings.

At 10am, in the Large Library, Brian Birch FRPSL will give a presentation about his new book Fathers of Philately which is to be published by the Society. This will be followed at 10.20am by a ten-minute Presentation of Stockholmia 2019 Exhibition Catalogues by Jonas Hällström RDP FRPSL and Wolfgang Maassen RDP FRPSL.

This important meeting is expected to be especially well attended. It has been agreed that on this occasion any visitors being introduced by Fellows and Members must be registered in advance with the Administration and Facilities Manager who will be pleased to receive the name in question for a badge and for management purposes. Visitors will not be admitted if not registered in advance of the day. Please communicate by email to, or by telephone to the Admin Office on 020 7486 1044, as early as possible and by 5th April at the latest.

Stockholmia 2019 official logo

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.

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.
Important information about a wide range of meetings, seminars, presentations and workshops to be held throughout the exhibition can be seen at

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.

Regional Displays at our new premises
15 Abchurch Lane

The programme for 2019-2020 will include displays by four UK regions, following the order in which each region last displayed. The displays will be on dates to be agreed between October 2019 and April 2020.

Meeting and Exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum, Washington
17-20 October 2019

The date for this major international event organised by our North American Representatives and the National Postal Museum has been confirmed. Click here for more information.

Gibraltar - 21 October 2019

Arrangements are in hand for a commemorative event in Gibraltar to mark the 150th Anniversary of the Royal Philatelic Society London. It will take place on Monday 21 October 2019 at the iconic Gibraltar Garrison Library. The programme will include:

  • Displays to be given by members of the Royal, both from Gibraltar and by visitors for the occasion, with a short presentation by each exhibitor on the key items shown. There will be two sessions of displays, one in the morning and another in the afternoon to allow the maximum number of displays;
  • A reception at 12 noon, which will be attended by the Governor of Gibraltar, who is the representative of HM the Queen in Gibraltar, and the Mayor of Gibraltar;
  • A complimentary finger lunch, with wine and soft drinks.

This commemorative event is one of a number of events taking place in Gibraltar 20-24 October 2019. Click here for more information.

Fair and Exhibition in Sindelfingen
24 to 26 October 2019

The annual fair and exhibition to be held at Sindelfingen in Germany from 24 to 26 October 2019 will emphasise GB postal history with participation by the Royal and another GB postal history society. Planning is at an early stage and further information will be available in due course.

An Asian Event
29 February 2020

Anna Lee FRPSL and Danny Wong FRPSL have kindly agreed to organise an event in Hong Kong on a date in February 2020, probably the 29th February, consisting of 50 one-frame displays entitled "Gems of Asian Philately" to commemorate our 150th anniversary. Further details will follow in due course.

Regional and Overseas Representatives Meeting
7 May 2020

The meeting will be similar to that held during London Europhilex 2015. This will be an opportunity for our representatives to meet, socialise and display items from their collections in the Society’s new premises. Jon Aitchison FRPSL has kindly volunteered to organise the displays and details will be available soon.

President’s Dinner at the Guildhall, London
8 May 2020

A provisional booking has been made for a banquet and reception in the Great Hall and the Old Library on Friday 8 May 2020, the penultimate day of the London International Exhibition.