Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1985.Stock Code: 123711
Royal Christmas cards to Margaret ThatcherMargaret Thatcher's own collection of Christmas cards sent to her by members of the British Royal Family in 1985, including cards from Princess Diana and Prince Charles, the Queen and Prince Philip, and the Queen Mother. Such cards to a Prime Minister become their property rather than belonging to the government, and as of such Margaret Thatcher kept the cards in her personal possessions until her death, whereafter Peter Harrington acquired them directly from the estate. They here appear on the market for the first time, presented in custom-made box in Tory blue, for both presentation and preservation.
Margaret Thatcher and the Royal Family had strained relations at times - these relations are the basis for the fourth series of The Crown - yet this should not detract from Thatcher's fervent belief in the institution of monarchy. Correct perceptions that the relationship between the Queen and Thatcher was not especially warm, and that Thatcher was no fan of the upper crust which the Royal Family topped, does not undermine the fact that Thatcher did nothing to weaken the institution, and moreover presided over a strengthening of the Family's popular support over her decade in power. The cards represent this strained, significant relationship in an especially human way. Of particular resonance is the Christmas card from Princess Diana - as an artefact linking the two defining women of the 1980s, Thatcher and Diana, the card can have few equals.
The year 1985 was particularly consequential for Thatcher, seeing her victory in the Miners' Strike, and her signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement.
Comprising the cards of:
i) Prince Charles and Princess Diana: inscribed by Charles "To you both from Charles and Diana's signature: Diana.", with the printed message "With all Good Wishes for Christmas and the New Year". With the Prince of Wales's crowned insignia within a Garter belt and Princess Diana's crowned coat of arms stamped in gilt on the front cover, and with a photograph within a gilt ruled border of Charles and Diana with Princes William and Harry upon a pony pasted on the interior.
ii) Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip: autopen signed by both "Elizabeth R and Philip 1985", with the printed message "With best wishes for Christmas and the New Year". With a printed photograph of the Queen, Prince Philip and the Queen Mother on the front cover, and with the Queen and Prince Philip's crowned cyphers within Garter belts printed on the interior.
iii) The Queen Mother: signed "from Elizabeth R", with the printed message "With best wishes for Christmas and the New Year 1985". With the Queen Mother's crown stamped in gilt on the front cover, and with a photograph of the Queen Mother with Queen Elizabeth's children pasted on the interior.
iv) Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips (estimated date): inscribed by Anne "To you both, printed message: "With Every Good Wish" for Christmas and the New Year, Anne and Mark's signature: Mark". With a reproduction of a Joseph Farquharson painting on the front cover, and with their joint monogram printed on the interior. The card was printed in aid of Save the Children, a charity which Anne has been the president of since 1970.
v) Prince and Princess Michael of Kent: inscribed by Marie Christine "To you both, Michael's signature: Michael and Marie Christine and Freddie & Ella", with the printed message "With best wishes for Christmas and the New Year". With their crowned joint monogram printed on the front cover, and with a pasted photograph of them and their children on the interior with "1985" written underneath.
vi) Princess Alice: inscribed "To you both from Alice", with the printed message "With Best Wishes for Christmas and the New Year". With Princess Alice's crowned monogram printed on the front cover, with a photograph pasted on the interior under which is written "1985".
vii) Duke and Duchess of Gloucester: inscribed by Birgitte "The Prime Minister and Mr. Thatcher Birgitte and Richard's signature: Richard", with the printed message "With all good wishes for Christmas and the New Year". With their crowned joint monogram printed on the front cover, and with a pasted family photograph on the interior with "Colorado 1985." written underneath.
viii. Princess Alexandra and Sir Angus Ogilvy: inscribed by Alexandra "With our good wishes Angus's signature: Angus & Alexandra". An unfolded card, with a family photograph pasted on front with "Christmas 1985" printed underneath within a ruled border topped by their crowned joint monogram, verso blank.
Provenance: the estate of Baroness Thatcher.
Together 8 Christmas cards. Housed in a dark blue cloth flat-back box by the Chelsea Bindery.
In very good condition.
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