FDC: Shakespeare

This elegant cover from Royal Mail commemorates the work of William Shakespeare, one of England’s greatest poets. The 10 stamps on the cover feature quotations from his plays and poems.

UK FDC: Shakespeare

Country: United Kingdom
Date of Issue: 5th April 2016 (first day cover)

Stamp Details

Top row, left to right:

To thine own self be true.
(from Hamlet)


Cowards die many times before their deaths. The valiant never taste of death but once.
(from Julius Caesar)


Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.
(from Romeo and Juliet)


The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.
(from As You Like It)


There was a star danced, and under that was I born.
(from Much Ado About Nothing)

Bottom row, left to right:

But if the while I think on thee, dear friend, all losses are restored and sorrows end.
(from Sonnet 30)


Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.
(from Venus and Adonis)


We are such stuff as dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep.
(from The Tempest)


Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage.
(from Macbeth)


I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.
(from Richard II)

More Links About Shakespeare


The insert to the cover provides a timeline of Shakespeare’s life. Click the image below for easier reading.

UK FDC: Shakespeare


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