Who Invented Royal Mail?


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The Royal Mail was created by King Henry VIII of England when he appointed Brian Tuke as the first “Master of the Posts” in 1512. Mr. Tuke was responsible for the King’s posts and created a network of postmasters, according to the Royal Mail Group, the UK’s postal service provider.

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King Henry VIII insisted that prompt delivery of his parcels and posts be assured, and horses were made ready to deliver the mail from critical locations. The post was made available to the general public in 1635 by King Charles I, and a system of local postmasters was put into place. An Act of Parliament established regulated postal rates in 1657, and the first office of the Royal Mail was built in 1660. Prior to that, local postmasters worked from inns, a tradition that continued on for many years. The first postmen delivered mail to homes beginning in 1793, and the first postage stamp was issued in 1840.

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