Philip, Prince (1921)
Autograph letter signed to the dean of his old school
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II. Rare autograph letter signed “Philip”. 2p. (recto and verso), 6.5 x 8.0 inch, RN Petty Officers school, Kingswood, 1939 (?) March 26. The prince writes to Rev Taylor, the dean of his school at Cheam apologising for not being able to attend a party. In full: “Thank you very much for your letter and kind invitation. As far as the invitation to the party is concerned, I am sorry to say that I will be away on home at the time and so will be unable to attend. I have been meaning to run over and visit you for some time but what with one thing and another I seem to have been rather rushed for time recently. However I shall definitely be over someday soon. I am delighted to hear that everything is going so well at the school though naturally the weather has not been particularly helpful. I received the piece of cake safely and enjoyed it immensely although my recollections of Mrs. Sawyer are rather vague. Please remember me to Mrs. Taylor and any of my old friends (or should I say masters?) who are still with you”. Mailing folds, else excellent condition. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark is the husband of Queen Elizabeth II. Philip was born into the Greek and Danish royal families. He was born in Greece, but his family was exiled from the country when he was an infant. In 1928, he was sent to the United Kingdom to attend Cheam School, living with his maternal grandmother, Victoria Mountbatten, Dowager Marchioness of Milford Haven, at Kensington Palace and his uncle, George Mountbatten, 2nd Marques of Milford Haven, at Lynden Manor in Bray, Berkshire. After leaving Gordonstoun in early 1939, Philip completed a term as a cadet at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, then repatriated to Greece, living with his mother in Athens for a month in mid-1939. At the behest of the Greek king, George II, he returned to Britain in September to resume training for the Royal Navy. He graduated from Dartmouth the next year as the best cadet in his course. During the Second World War, he continued to serve in the British forces, while two of his brothers-in-law, Prince Christoph of Hesse and Berthold, Margrave of Baden, fought on the opposing German side. Philip was appointed as a midshipman in January 1940. A fine early handwritten letter.
Price: $ 550 / € 425
Rainier of Monaco (1923-2005)
Content typed letter signed
Rainier III. ruled the Principality of Monaco for almost 56 years, making him one of the longest ruling monarchs of the 20th century. Best known outside of Europe for having married American actress Grace Kelly in 1956. Fine content typed letter signed "Most sincerely, Rainier Prince de Monaco". And additionally in his hand “Dear Fried”. 7.75 x 13.5 inch, Palace de Monaco, 1967 January 20. Addressed to Mr. Dayton T.V. Mitchell in New York. In parts: “. I therefore cannot act alone, and that project must be developed with the consent of the Government and the National Council… It would be necessary that these conversations be held with a representative of the Government, but this can only be envisaged if the intentions of the people at your end are definitely and completely focussed in realizing the Hotel Spa project here in Monte Carlo. … I hope also that you will understand my position and the fact that I cannot advance alone in such an important project that involves State property and concerns the national economy of this Country.” Discolored, stained, else good condition.
Price: $ 290 / € 225