King's Posts

Early records of postal communication date back to Edward IV receiving regular despatches about events in Scotland. It was initially devised to provide English monarchs with news from distant places as quickly as possible.

The service was put to effective use during the War of the Roses when Henry VII received regular updates on the progress of his army. The service was such a success that in 1516 Henry VIII knighted his ‘Master of the Posts’, the position he had developed to oversee and manage the service. This signalled the importance of the service and the start of the Royal Mail as we know it today.

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