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Details of Lot 656
ALEXANDRA PRINCESS: (1936- ) Cousin of Queen Elizabeth II. Daughter of George, Duke of Kent and Princess Marina of Greece. Widow of Sir Angus Ogilvy. A fine, social A.L.S., Georgie, seven pages, 8vo, Balmoral Castle, 21st September 1952, to 'Darling Eddie' (her brother, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, 1935- ). Alexandra states that she has received her brother's letter and adds that she is hoping to see him in a few days time. The Princess mentions that she played stone the previous night with a group of people ('Martin bit me quite accidentally on the mouth which was extremely painful') and has a bruised muscle in her arm and a blister which she bit and made bleed inside, 'So this morning Dr. Middleton came and pierced it! Ho Ho. (Prince) Charles was fascinated and insisted on watching. Gruesome child don't you think'. She adds that Prince Charles has been in bed for three days having had some trouble with his ear. Alexandra also comments on other events at Balmoral ('There have been shooting lunches most days') and the people she has met, including John Slim ('I have only met him twice, not a new love, if that is what you are thinking.') In concluding she asks 'By the way did you see that ridiculous article about me in the Sunday Graphic. Apparently I am called the Bonny Maid of Deeside. (Prince) Philip teased me as it said I was going with Wrens to be a nurse. We had a long discussion about black stockings. Too stupid. He is so sweet'. Accompanied by the original envelope hand addressed by the Princess to her brother. A rare letter with good references to members of the Royal family. Together with Angus Ogilvy (1928-2004) British Businessman, husband of Princess Alexandra. Blue fountain pen ink signature on a small white card, with a neat calligraphic annotation in the hand of a collector and Prince Edward, Duke of Kent (1935- ) Cousin of Queen Elizabeth II. Black ink signature ('with best wishes, Edward') on the verso of a colour picture postcard, addressed in another hand to an Italian collector. Some very light age wear to the letter, VG, 3
Autograph Auction
Radisson Edwardian Hotel Heathrow
13 February 2010