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Last Updated: Friday, 30 May, 2003, 12:13 GMT 13:13 UK
New look for Queen on stamps
How the new stamps will look
A new image of the Queen is to appear on stamps in many of Britain's overseas territories to mark the 50th anniversary of the coronation.

The new head, based on a photograph by Lord Lichfield, is the first change in the royal image used on the territories' stamps for more than 20 years.

So far a total of ten out of the 15 territories have adopted the new head.

The change has been organised to ensure more remote territories will receive the stamps in time for the anniversary, said the Crown Agents Stamp Bureau in Sutton, Surrey, which co-ordinates the issue of the stamps.

Nigel Fordham, head of the Bureau, said: "We are proud and honoured to be instrumental in introducing a new Queen's head to be featured on stamps for the United Kingdom Overseas Territories, who are fiercely loyal to the Queen and Crown."

The photograph was taken in the Queen's Corridor at Buckingham Palace on November 26, 2001.

Special service

The Falkland Islands, Ascension Island, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, and Cayman Islands are among the ten territories where the new stamps will be in circulation from Monday.

A commemorative service will be held at Westminster Abbey on 2 June, Buckingham Palace to mark the anniversary.

It will be broadcast live on BBC TV, radio and online.

It will be attended by senior members of the Royal Family, government ministers including Prime Minister Tony Blair and Commonwealth leaders from around the world.

More than 1,000 members of the public, chosen by ballot, will also be at the service.


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