It was looking wobbly, but it appears the Queen's head is here to stay on stamps after the Government struck a deal with Buckingham Palace to protect the tradition.
Amendments will be tabled by ministers this week to close a loophole that may have allowed a foreign buyer of the Royal Mail to remove the monarch’s image.
A clause in legislation paving the way for a sell off gives the Queen a veto over the use of her image.
German and Dutch firms tipped to lead the bidding in the big sell-off. Labour has accused the coalition Government of watering down existing protection in order to attract the maximum interest.
Business minister Ed Davey, said safeguards would now be included.
‘After listening to views of members of both Houses of Parliament and the Palace, we have agreed this additional safeguard,’ he said.