King George VI and Queen Elizabeth signed Christmas card
A superb Royal family Christmas card signed by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1947
Albert Windsor married Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon in 1923. He was the second in line to the throne, after his older brother, Edward.
However, in 1936 Edward abdicated to marry Wallis Simpson. Albert was forced to take the throne in his place and was crowned George VI.
His reign was defined by the second world war and the rapid decline of the British Empire that followed.
Elizabeth and George’s eldest daughter, Elizabeth II, sits on the throne today. She is Britain’s longest reigning monarch.
This stunning Christmas card was sent out at Christmas in 1947, two years after the conclusion of World War II.
The card is dated and signed "1947, George R.I." and "Elizabeth R", with both signed boldly in black ink.
The portrait on the card also features Princess Margaret and Princess Elizabeth, and depicts the family around a piano.
The card is signed by George VI and Queen Elizabeth on the left-hand inside panel, with the portrait on the right.
This card measures approximately 13 x 8 inches when fully opened, with both the signatures and the portrait on display, and comes in its original vintage frame.
The Christmas card also comes with superb provenance, having been originally presented to a valued employee at Buckingham Palace and passed down through his family for more than 60 years.
A rare and beautiful piece of Royal memorabilia.
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