Fred Egerton is hoping for the Royal seal of approval after reaching the national final of a competition to design one of this year's official Christmas stamps.

Fred Egerton is hoping for the Royal seal of approval of design of this year’s official Christmas stamp of England.

Young schoolboy Fred Egerton, of the United Kingdom, is hoping for the Royal seal of approval after reaching the national final of a competition to design one of this year’s official Christmas stamps.

The 10-year-old,  will now see his entry judged by a panel of leading figures, including Prince Charles and author Lauren Child, who created the Charlie and Lola series. The final Christmas stamp designs will also have to be formally approved by The Queen.

Fred beat 240,000 other youngsters to become one of the 24 finalists.

If he wins, his festive scene will be featured on either the official first-class or second-class stamp.

The youngster, a pupil at Edenhurst Prep School, in Newcastle, said: “I was really happy when I found out I’d reached the final.

“It’s hard to believe that Prince Charles will be looking at it. I just hope he likes my design.

The competition was open to four to 11-year-olds from across the UK, who were challenged to come up with a picture that summed up what Christmas meant to them.

Fred has already won a £500 prize for himself, and £500 for his school, after winning the West Midlands final.

Fred’s name will also appear on a postage mark one day this month, which will reveal he has reached the national final.

“My mum has said everyone we know will be posting letters on that day so they can have my name on them.

“I don’t know what I’ll do if I win the competition,” said Fred.

School friend Oliver Westenborg admits he and Fred are quite competitive when it comes to art.

If Fred wins the contest, his stamp will go into production in early November and his art teacher, Wendy Irwin, said: “I’m proud and tremendously pleased for him.

Royal Mail spokesman Val Bodden said: “Only twice before in Royal Mail’s history – in 1966 and 1981 – have the official Christmas stamps been designed by children.”

Thanks to the Sentinel in Stoke on Trent, United Kingdom for the photo and text. And thanks to the Sentinel for such a positive ‘Fred’ story.