Prince Charles gives royal stamp of approval to Horsham schoolgirl’s Christmas design

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A Horsham schoolgirl has spoken of her delight at winning a Royal Mail competition to design its first-class Christmas stamp, which will appear on envelopes across the UK this winter.

After beating off around a quarter of a million entries Molly Robson, 7, a pupil at Leechpool Primary School in Horsham, met the Prince of Wales at Clarence House on Wednesday (October 30) where she was presented with a framed copy of her winning entry.

'Santa' design by Molly Robson aged 7,  from Horsham, West Sussex

'Santa' design by Molly Robson aged 7, from Horsham, West Sussex

Her design was one of two chosen by a panel led by Prince Charles in only the third time in Royal Mail’s near-500 year history children have designed the Christmas stamps.

The first-class stamp, featuring Father Christmas, will be on sale from November 5 across the UK.

Molly said: “It will make me happy to see my design as a stamp.

“My mum told me I had won by giving me a postbox money box. There was a note inside telling me that I had been chosen as the winner!”

Molly also received £1,000 of vouchers and won £1,000 for her school.

Nicola Davenport, headteacher at Leechpool Primary School, said: “We are all very proud of Molly and look forward to celebrating her success next week in school.

“She has been excited about the competition and was very proud to be a finalist. This week’s announcement as the competition winner is a fantastic achievement for her. Everyone at Leechpool Primary sends her their congratulations.”

Pictured here: Molly Robson (left) and Rosie Hargreaves age 10 from Devon with her winning design for the second class Christmas stamp, are congratulated by Prince Charles yesterday afternoon.