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HM Queen Elizabeth II (b. 1926) 26 - 26 Feb 1952

Gelatin silver print | 20.8 x 16 cm (whole object) | RCIN 2152970

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Head and shoulders photograph of HM Queen Elizabeth II in right side profile, facing the viewer. The Queen wears the Queen Mary's Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara. Dark background. Unmounted. Some signs of re-touching is visible on the hair, eyebrows, eyelashes and lips. This was one of a number of selected photographs for the postage stamp design, which were not used in the final design.

The first official photographic sitting with the new Queen was granted to the society photographer Dorothy Wilding. It took place on 26 February 1952, just twenty days after the accession, followed by a second sitting on 15 April. A total of fifty-nine photographs were taken by Wilding, showing The Queen dressed in a variety of gowns designed by Norman Hartnell and wearing jewellery including the Diamond Diadem.