Six-stamp set to mark Coronation

Painting of the QueenA set of stamps to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen's Coronation is due to go on sale, including a specially-commissioned portrait of Her Majesty.

Royal Mail said the six stamps feature a collection of portraits of the Queen, including the latest one by artist Nicky Philipps, following sittings in Buckingham Palace last year.
%VIRTUAL-SkimlinksPromo%The artist also painted a double portrait of princes William and Harry in 2009 which is displayed in the National Portrait Gallery.

Royal Mail chief executive Moya Greene said: "Royal Mail is proud to mark the occasion of Her Majesty The Queen's Coronation by commissioning a painted portrait. This is the first time in our history we have done so.

"The Queen's image is one of the most recognisable in the world and we are delighted to bring this portrait along with five others together in a special stamp set to mark the 60th anniversary of her Coronation."

The other five stamps feature a study for The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II by Terence Cuneo in 1953, a portrait by Andrew Festing in 1999, a portrait by Pietro Annigoni in 1955, a portrait by Sergei Pavlenko in 2000 and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Richard Stone from 1992.

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The 78p stamp is taken from a portrait by artist Andrew Festing, commissioned by the Royal Hospital Chelsea in 1999, the portrait is displayed in the entrance hall to its museum.
The 88p stamp is taken from a portrait by artist Pietro Annigoni, which was commissioned in 1954 by the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers for their magnificent hall overlooking the Thames by London Bridge.
The £1.28 stamp is taken from a portrait by artist Sergei Pavlenko, commissioned by the Worshipful Company of Drapers to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Queen becoming a Freeman of the Company, this painting hangs in the Court Dining Room at Drapers' Hall, where it was unveiled by the sitter in November 2000.

The £1.88 stamp is taken from a portrait by artist Richard Stone, this portrait was commissioned to mark Colchester celebrating the 800th anniversary of the granting of its Royal Charter by Richard I and was unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery in 1992. It hangs today in Colchester Moot Hall.

The 1st Class stamp is taken from a portrait by artist Nicky Philipps, which was commissioned by the Royal Mail and is the result of three especially convened sittings with the Queen that took place in the Chinese Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace in the late autumn of 2012.
The 2nd Class stamp is taken from a portrait by artist Terence Cuneo, which was commissioned by the Queen's representatives in the counties, the Lord Lieutenants of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, to record the coronation in 1953.
Portrait by artist Nicky Philipps, which was commissioned by the Royal Mail to use as a 1st Class Stamp and is the result of three especially convened sittings with the Queen that took place in the Chinese Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace in the late autumn of 2012.
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