Lord Patrick Lichfield was the man behind the first major change of the Queen's Head design on our UK overseas territories stamps in 20 years. He took a digital photograph of his cousin, Queen Elizabeth II, at Buckingham Palace in November 2001. The new Queen's Head was to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Queen's Coronation.
This wasn't Lord Lichfield's wasn't his first foray into stamps. He also took the pictures for the 1973 Princess Anne Royal Wedding stamps from Great Britain. Perhaps it's in his blood: his great, great, great grandfather was Britain's first ever Postmaster General!
Patrick Lichfield began as a freelance photographer in the early sixties and found an increasing demand for editorial work, most immediately Life and Queen Magazine and many national daily newspapers. His greatest break came when he was summoned by Diana Vreeland, the doyenne of Fashion Editors, and given a five year contract with American Vogue. Hard on the heels of editorial work came advertising commissions including fashion, automobile, tobacco, cosmetic, pharmaceutical, airline and other accounts, most notable of which were his associations with Burberry's and Olympus Cameras, whose equipment he uses. More recently he has been commissioned to work for the British Tourist Authority, fulfilling both photographic and ambassadorial roles and The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. Areas of Expertise.
In July 1981 he was appointed official photographer at the wedding of his cousin Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer and the resulting photographs, refreshingly informal, were published around the world. Since 1978 he has undertaken the prestigious Unipart Calendar, shot in a number of exotic locations worldwide. Each year sees extensive travel and generally about a quarter of a million miles flown. He has photographed every Royal Family in Europe and many of the world's most beautiful women and has produced books on both these subjects.
He has been awarded Fellowships of both The British Institute of Professional Photographers and The Royal Photographic Society and is a Freeman of the City of London and a Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Staffordshire.