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No, not that one – the rock band Queen are to feature on a series of UK postage stamps over the summer.
They become only the third band to be honoured by Royal Mail, following the Beatles in 2007 and Pink Floyd in 2016.
Guitarist Brian May said: “Sometimes it’s strange to wake up and realise the position in which we are now held – we have become a national institution! And nothing brings this home more than this incredible tribute from Royal Mail.” Drummer Roger Taylor said: “We must be really part of the furniture now.”
The 13 stamp designs, going on sale from 9 July, feature a posed studio shot of the group, plus four live images of each of May, Taylor, frontman Freddie Mercury and bassist John Deacon, and album covers of Queen II, Sheer Heart Attack, A Night at the Opera, News of the World, The Game, Greatest Hits, The Works, and Innuendo.
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Tamerlane was a Turco-Mongol conqueror who founded the Timurid Empire in Central Asia and Persia in the 14th century. On June 19, 1941, a team of Soviet anthropologists Mikhail M. Gerasimov, Lev V. Oshanin and V. Ia. Zezenkova, with the intentions of exhuming his body, arrived at his burial tomb in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. As they opened the doors, they found his tomb and casket inscribed with the words, "When I rise from the dead, the world shall tremble" and “Whomsoever opens my tomb shall unleash an invader more terrible than I," respectively. Rumour has it that within three days of the excavation by Soviet archaeologists, Hitler invaded the Soviet Union in an unprovoked attack during World War II. On learning about the curse, Joseph Stalin ordered the reburial of the exhumed body with full Islamic rituals. Within days, Soviet forces claimed a historic victory against the German forces when they liberated the city of Stalingrad. Since then, it is believed that anyone who disturbs the grave will face the curse of Tamerlane.