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Origins of Royal Mail

2016 commemorates 500 years since Henry VIII knighted Brian Tuke, the first Master of the Posts, in 1516.

As you would expect from any institution that has been around for 500 years, there are a number of significant dates in our history. The knighting of Brian Tuke was the catalyst for the creation of the Royal Mail we know today. Tuke had the influence and authority to establish key post towns across the country and build out a formal postal network.

To celebrate, Royal Mail has worked in close partnership with its heritage partner, The Postal Museum, to create an online gallery of 500 objects, people and events - telling the story not only of the postal service but also of our contribution to social and political development over the last 500 years.

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