iChild, Royal Mail and 606,049 school children from 7,479 UK schools have together set a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the largest postage stamp design competition.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
It is of great credit to the children of this country that in world record breaking numbers they picked up their paintbrushes, pens and paints and paid artistic tribute to the heroes of our coronavirus response. Their brilliant efforts represent the collective gratitude of the nation to everyone who went above and beyond during the pandemic. Congratulations to all those who have made it to the next round and thank you to everyone who has taken part and to the teams at Royal Mail and iChild for managing this record number of entries.
The 606,049 children who took part in the Covid Heroes Stamp Design Competition, developed by iChild / Family & Education, each received a digital GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ certificate from their school.
After three months of judging, 120 regional finalists were chosen. A special panel of judges will now determine the winning 24 regional designs and these will be announced in November.
From these 24 entries, eight winning images will be chosen as official Royal Mail stamps. The final eight stamps will be sent to Her Majesty The Queen before they can be printed and issued. They will then appear on millions of items of mail across the UK when they are issued in the Spring of 2022.