Royal Mail announced on Friday (Saturday NZT) it is issuing a set of 15 Special Stamps to celebrate one of the world’s most successful pop groups of all time, the Spice Girls.

It is the first time Royal Mail has dedicated an entire stamp issue to a female pop group, and the sixth time a music group has featured in a dedicated stamp issue.

“We are so excited to be celebrated by Royal Mail, alongside some of the most iconic and influential music legends. When we formed the Spice Girls we couldn’t have dreamt that 30 years later we would be the first female group to be dedicated an entire stamp collection, that’s Girl Power!,” the band said in a statement put out by Royal Mail.

Other groups previously featured are The Beatles in 2007, Pink Floyd in 2016, Queen in 2020, The Rolling Stones in 2022 and Iron Maiden in 2023.

Having sold more than 100 million records across three decades, and with nine UK number one singles, the Spice Girls are one of the most successful British bands in music history.

Royal Mail said it had worked closely with the band to carefully curate and select images that celebrated the legacy of the Spice Girls.

The main set of 10 stamps features iconic images of group and individual live performances from 1997 to 2012, while a further five stamps, presented in a miniature sheet, feature individual images of the girls from the iconic Spice World photoshoot.

Formed in 1994, the band includes Emma, Geri, Mel B, Melanie C and Victoria – aka Baby, Ginger, Scary, Sporty and Posh Spice. They rose to chart dominance with their infectious pop sound and bold ‘Girl Power’ philosophy at a time when girl groups were not considered to be commercially viable.

Spicemania swept the globe in 1996 with the release of the group’s debut single, ‘Wannabe’ and they became a lasting symbol of the ‘Cool Britannia’ era, owing partly to the iconic Union Jack dress worn by Geri for the group’s performance at the 1997 BRIT Awards.

Royal Mail’s director of external affairs and policy David Gold said the band had been a force to be reckoned with, and the postal service was proud to celebrate the most successful female music group ever seen.