May 17th, 2013 National Defense Transportation Day May 17th, 2013 World Information Society Day May 18th, 2013 Armed Forces Day May 19th, 2013 Pentecost May 20th, 2013 Whit Monday May 21st, 2013 World Day for Cultural Diversity May 22nd, 2013 National Maritime Day May 22nd, 2013 World Biological Diversity Day May 25th, 2013 African Liberation Day May 26th, 2013 Trinity Sunday May 27th, 2013 Jefferson Davis Birthday May 27th, 2013 Memorial Day May 29th, 2013 International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers May 30th, 2013 Corpus Christi May 31st, 2013 World No Tobacco Day June 1st, 2013 Statehood Day June 3rd, 2013 Jefferson Davis Birthday June 4th, 2013 World Day for Child Victims of Aggression June 5th, 2013 World Environment Day June 6th, 2013 Isra and Mi'raj June 8th, 2013 World Oceans Day June 11th, 2013 Kamehameha Day June 12th, 2013 World Day Against Child Labour June 14th, 2013 World Blood Donor Day June 14th, 2013 Flag Day June 16th, 2013 Father's Day June 17th, 2013 Bunker Hill Day June 17th, 2013 World Day to Combat Desertification
Princess Anne & Mark Philips Signed Wedding Present Thank You Note - No Reserve For Sale
I am in the process of selling a small private collection of
Royal Memorabilia – please see my other items. I am not a dealer, but was lucky
enough to obtain some very uncommon items formerly in the possession of a
member of the Royal Household that give a rare and fascinating insight into the
running of the palaces and the interchange between the Royal Family and its
retinue of staff. This kind of original ephemera seems to be
advertised on and elsewhere for incredible sums, so it is very difficult
to determine their true value. Consequently I am posting them with
and will let the “market” decide their worth.
reserve is a hand-written, one page “thank you” letter from Princess
Anne, the Princess Royal; and her (then) husband Captain Mark Phillips. The
letter was written to members of the Royal Household thanking them for their
wedding present of a Spode dinner service. Dated 13th November 1973 (the couple
were actually married on 14th November, so it seems likely that the
Royal Household presented their present early), it reads as follows:
“To each and everyone (sic) of you who have so kindly
contributed to our marvelous wedding present – my fiancé and I would like to
say a very special thank you.
The Spode red Stafford dinner service is truly magnificent
and we shall take great care of it and, at the same time, will take the
greatest pleasure in using it.
Thank you again for your generosity and for your good wishes
which mean so much to us.”
The letter is signed “Anne and Mark” in their own hands.
While this is
almost certainly an autopen letter, it offers a rare insight into the
relationship between the Royal family and the members of the Royal Household
who worked with them.
This is an original letter from the couple, measuring 24 x
19 cms, in excellent condition and a wonderful historical document. There are
two horizontal folds where the letter was placed into an envelope (not
present). The item will be sent in a reinforced envelope with the letters
contained in a conservation grade PVC folder. Please see the photos, which form
a part of the description, for more detail.
Good luck if you decide to offer. This would make an
incredible addition to a Royal collection – and would look marvelous framed
with a photograph of the Princess and Captain Phillips.
We will ship internationally and we do accept returns if the
item is not as described; but we will not refund postage. International buyers,
please check with us for final postage prices before checking out. We often
find that the system prices postage too high and we will refund via PayPal
if actual costs prove to be less than quoted. We will NOT give false customs declarations,
so please don’t ask us to modify pricing on the customs forms.
There have been several questions asked on these letters – the following is provided for clarification, with thanks to an expert on this kind of thing.
The hand written, hand signed version of this letter is, like almost all other correspondence from the Queen, retained and archived by the Palace. It will not become available for sale. That letter would have been taken by the recipient, normally the Lord Chamberlain or someone on his staff, and prepared for hard copy distribution to those who had been involved in the event described. Consequently these letters are original documents, but not unique – there will be others out there. That said, I have never seen them before.
Several people have also enquired as to what an “autopen” is.Rather than try and describe it here, please class="MsoNormal">I hope that helps.
This item has been shown 73 times.
Princess Anne & Mark Philips Signed Wedding Present Thank You Note - No Reserve: $154