The Portraits of Queen Elizabeth II

Portrait 2

Date of Original Portrait: 1952
Photographer: Dorothy Wilding
This early portrait of The Queen is believed to have been adapted from one of the photographs of Her Majesty taken shortly after the death of her father. However, it is possible that this portrait was taken slightly earlier than some of the other portraits by Dorothy Wilding, which are described below, possibly before the death of her father. The portrait appears to have been taken specifically for coins and postage stamps, which traditionally show the profile of the monarch. However, some banknote designs by Thomas De La Rue had previously used the profiles of King George V and King George VI, and the profile of Her Majesty was required to continue the use of these designs.
Use of this Portrait:
  • Bermuda -- Nos. 18 & 19.
  • Cyprus -- No. 30.

© Peter Symes 2003