Royal Mail :Special Stamps on 60th Anniversary of Coronation of The Queen

\"portraitTo mark the 60th anniversary of the Coronation of Her Majesty The Queen, Royal Mail has unveiled a special stamp  issue featuring a collection of some of the finest ever portraits of The Queen, including a brand new painted portrait; the first Royal Mail has commissioned of the monarch.The painting is the result of three especially convened sittings with The Queen for the artist, Nicky Philipps, that took place in the Chinese Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace in the late autumn of 2012. The Queen is dressed in the Order of the Garter robes.Nicky painted a double portrait of Princes William and Harry in 2009, which is displayed in the National Portrait Gallery. She was selected for the Royal Mail commission after research and consultation with the National Portrait Gallery,Royal Mail is gifting the portrait to the Royal Collection.The Queen\’s Coronation took place on 2 June 1953 following her accession on 6 February 1952.

Moya Greene, Chief Executive, Royal Mail, 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; study for The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II by Terence Cuneo, 1953; Portrait by Andrew Festing, 1999; Portrait by Pietro Annigoni, 1955; Portrait by Sergei Pavlenko, 2000 and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Richard Stone, 1992

To mark the 60th anniversary of the Coronation of Her Majesty The Queen, Royal Mail has unveiled a special stamp  issue featuring a collection of some of the finest ever portraits of The Queen, including a brand new painted portrait; the first Royal Mail has commissioned of the monarch.

The painting is the result of three especially convened sittings with The Queen for the artist, Nicky Philipps, that took place in the Chinese Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace in the late autumn of 2012. The Queen is dressed in the Order of the Garter robes.

Nicky painted a double portrait of Princes William and Harry in 2009, which is displayed in the National Portrait Gallery. She was selected for the Royal Mail commission after research and consultation with the National Portrait Gallery,

Royal Mail is gifting the portrait to the Royal Collection.

The Queen\’s Coronation took place on 2 June 1953 following her accession on 6 February 1952.

Moya Greene, Chief Executive, Royal Mail, 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; study for The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II by Terence Cuneo, 1953; Portrait by Andrew Festing, 1999; Portrait by Pietro Annigoni, 1955; Portrait by Sergei Pavlenko, 2000 and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Richard Stone, 1992

This special stamp issue is a series of six celebrating royal portraiture on the anniversary of the coronation

The Coronation issue includes a stamp featuring a painted portrait specially commissioned by Royal Mail

This is the first time Royal Mail has commissioned a painted portrait of

Her Majesty The Queen

The portrait was painted by artist Nicky Philipps, who also painted the

double portrait of Princes William and Harry for the National Portrait Gallery

Royal Mail is gifting the portrait to the Royal Collection

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

The stamps will be available from 30th May in 9000 Post Offices across the

UK, online at www.royalmail.com/royalportraits and by phone on 08457 641 641

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