Opening the postal service to everyone

Before 31 July 1635, when Charles I opened up the use of the King’s Posts service to all, leading to the postal service we know today, the postal service was the preserve of royalty and the Royal houses.

This change led to the more formal arrangement of The General Post Office in 1657 under Cromwell’s rule. The name the Royal Mail was given to the service in 1784 when mail coaches became a familiar sight across the country.