In 2021 British rockers Queen will celebrate 50 years of making music.  To help mark the occasion, the Royal Mail is issuing a series of stamps saluting the rockers.

The collection will feature 13 stamps that includes band portraits and album covers.  Along with a band portrait and four live photo shots; the album covers included are “Queen II”, “Sheer Heart Attack”, “A Night at the Opera”, “News of the World, “The Game”, “Greatest Hits”, “The Works”, and “Innuendo”.

Queen becomes only the third British band to be honoured with a Royal stamp collection; preceded only by The Beatles and Pink Floyd.

Queen began in 1970 as Smile and had their first gig at a charity event.  Brian May, Roger Taylor, John Deacon, and Freddie Mercury performed their first gig as Queen in the summer of 1971 at Surrey College.

Queen guitarist Brian May spoke on the honour saying, “it’s hard to put into words what I feel when looking at these beautiful stamps.  Since we four precocious boys started out on our quest 50 years ago, our lives have been devoted to making our impossible dream come true. Sometimes it’s strange to wake up and realize the position in which we are now held – we have become a national institution! And nothing brings this home more than this incredible tribute from Royal Mail.

Drummer Roger Taylor also spoke on the collection, “Wow…….stamps featuring our albums.  What an honour. We must be really part of the furniture now! Thanks, Royal Mail for stamping on us! In gratitude.”

The collection goes on sale July 9 via the Royal Mint at royalmint.com.