Elton John unveils his new set of stamps in celebration of his 50 years in show business

Publish Date
Friday, 6 September 2019, 11:35AM

This year Elton John is celebrating a major milestone in his music journey.

Over his 50 years in show business, the 72-year-old singer has sold more than 300 million records, won an Oscar and been given a knighthood, and now he is set to receive the ultimate seal of approval – in the form of a stamp from the Royal Mail.

That's right, in honour of his 50th anniversary, Elton John has unveiled his new set of postage stamps.

The set of eight stamps, each charting a different phase of his career, is on sale now to coincide with the publication of his autobiography, Me Elton John.

And Elton is "very proud" of the new accolade.

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Sharing photos of the stamps on Instagram, the 'Rocketman' singer wrote: "Special #stamps to celebrate my career in music."

"Eight albums are featured on these amazing stamps, plus more that capture memorable shows from across the years."

The first commemorative stamp was issued for the British Empire Exhibition in 1924.

Since then, six to nine sets of commemorative stamps have been issued each year but few – apart from those celebrating members of the royal family or British sporting success – feature living people.

Congratulations Elton. What a well-deserved honour!