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Golden Jubilee stamps show Queen through five decades

Images of the Queen from five decades feature on Royal Mail Golden Jubilee stamps to be issued on Accession Day.

Preview of the Royal Mail Golden Jubilee stamps (PA)

Formal and informal portraits, taken by some of the world's most famous photographers, including Dorothy Wilding, Cecil Beaton and Lord Snowdon, are used on the five royal issue postage stamps.

The Golden Jubilee stamps, issued on the 50th anniversary of the Queen's accession to the throne, is without the usual silhouette of the Queen's head.

The machin, as it is technically known, is omitted because the stamps are classed as a royal issue featuring the Queen herself.

It is also the first time since 1967 that stamps have been printed on watermarked paper.

Since then, stamps have been printed on coated paper with phosphor bars replacing watermarks as a security device.

The black-and-white pictures featured, also by Tim Graham and Yousef Karsh, were taken between 1952 and 1996, and each image has been cropped so that the stamps are connected by the "eye line".

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