Does the new 1st class stamp look like the Queen?
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Royal Mail have unveiled a special set of stamps to mark the 60th anniversary of the Coronation of Her Majesty The Queen.
However, some questions have been raised as to the likeness of the Queen in the special collection.
The 1st Class stamp (pictured above) is taken from a portrait by Nicky Philipps who was commissioned by the Royal Mail for the piece. The portrait was done in the Chinese Drawing Room at Buckingham palace in 2012.
In an article in the Guardian, Philipps admits painting the Queen is a 'high pressure' job: "You can't please everyone and there's a bit of 'it's appalling', 'it's dreadful' already – but I would like to invite those people to come and look at it in the flesh." The painting is currently on view at the Fine Art Commissions gallery in London until 28 June.
Phillips has previously painted members of the Royal family, capturing the first joint portrait of Prince William and Prince Harry in 2008. According to a report in the Telegraph, Prince Harry complained about some 'inaccuracies': ''I don't know, I'm a little bit more ginger in there than I am in real life, I think, I don't know, and he got given more hair so, apart from that, it is what it is, but no it's nice, it could have been worse.''
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