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Schoolgirls win Royal Mail Christmas stamp design competition

Molly Robson and Rosie Hargreaves
Image caption The girls received framed copies of their winning stamps

Two schoolgirls have won a competition to design the Royal Mail's Christmas stamps with their pictures of Santa Claus and singing angels.

The winning artworks by Molly Robson, 7, and Rosie Hargreaves, 10, were chosen from 240,000 entries.

The girls from West Sussex and Devon were presented with framed copies of their stamps by Prince Charles, who led the judging panel, at Clarence House.

Rosie said winning had left her "nervous and happy at the same time".

Molly's Father Christmas design will be included on the first class Christmas stamp, while Rosie's angels will appear on the second class stamp.

Royal Mail Chief Executive Officer Moya Greene said the designs were "wonderful [and] capture perfectly what Christmas means to many people throughout the UK".

It is the third time in the company's near 500-year history that children have designed the Christmas stamps. The previous occasions were in 1966 and 1981.

Along with their framed designs, the winners also received £1000 in vouchers and £1000 for their respective schools.

The stamps will be on sale from 5 November.

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