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The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall mark 500 years of the postal service at a Royal Mail reception

6th September 2016

The Prince of Wales tries a 1933 BSA 500cc motorbike used for delivering telegrams

The Prince of Wales tries a 1933 BSA 500cc motorbike used for delivering telegrams

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall attended a Royal Mail reception in London today to mark the 500th anniversary of the postal service. 

2016 commemorates 500 years since Henry VIII knighted Brian Tuke, the first Master of the Posts. The knighting of Brian Tuke was the catalyst for the creation of the Royal Mail we know today.

During the event, which took place in Merchant Taylors' Hall, Their Royal Highnesses chatted with guests, including long-serving postmen and women from around the country, participants in Royal Mail's Apprenticeship scheme and Army Reservists. 

As the reception came to a close, The Prince and The Duchess unveiled a replica of an original Penfold postbox, which will be permanently positioned in St Martin’s Le Grand, outside the former General Post Office Headquarters in London. His Royal Highness also personally thanked postal workers for all their hard work over the years. You can read The Prince's speech, in full, here: https://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/media/speeches/speech-hrh-the-prince-of-wales-the-royal-mail-500th-anniversary-reception