Dorothy Wilding (1893-1976)

Gloucester born photographer Dorothy Wilding took the first official sittings of Queen Elizabeth in February 1952, almost three weeks after the death of her father, King George VI. Wilding was briefed beforehand by both Royal Mail and Royal Mint officials with their different requirements. All British definitive stamps bore this Wilding portrait from 1952 until 1967, when it was replaced by the sculptured head by Arnold Machin.