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1953 Queen Elizabeth II Coronation 1/3d (1953)

With the accession of Queen Elizabeth II on 6 February 1952 thoughts immediately turned to new definitives and a possible Coronation stamp. First consideration was the portrait to use: the Queen preferred a three-quarter view. Photographs were taken by the Dorothy Wilding Studio, while drawn portraits were also produced by the artist Edmund Dulac: the photographs were preferred. The Queen did not particularly like Dulac's design which featured a full-face portrait in Coronation robes. Dulac died before his design was issued on 3 June 1953, the day following the Coronation.