Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1987.Stock Code: 123714
Royal Christmas cards to Margaret ThatcherMargaret Thatcher's own collection of Christmas cards sent to her by members of the British Royal Family in 1987, 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 1987 was also one of consequence for the head of government and the head of state, seeing Thatcher's third and final election victory, and the Queen's 35th year on the throne.
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 "Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and 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 red ruled border of Charles and Diana with Princes William and Harry pasted on the interior.
ii) Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip: autopen signed by both "Elizabeth R and Philip 1987", with the printed message "With best wishes for Christmas and the New Year". With a printed photograph on the front cover of the Queen and Prince Philip, and their grandchildren Peter, Zara, William and Harry, along 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 1987". With the Queen Mother's crown stamped in gilt on the front cover, and with a photograph of the Queen Mother and her dogs pasted on the interior.
iv) Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips (estimated date): inscribed by Anne "To you both, from Anne and Mark's signature: Mark", with the printed message "With Best Wishes for a Happy and Peaceful Christmas and New Year". With their joint monogram printed on the front cover, and with a photograph of Anne and her children on horseback pasted on the interior.
v) 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, and with a family photograph pasted on the interior under which is written "With the grand-children 1987".
vi) Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York: signed by both "Andrew and Sarah.", with the printed message "Happy Christmas". With their crowned joint monogram on the front cover, and with a photograph of the couple pasted on the interior, with "1987." written underneath.
vii) Princess Alexandra and Sir Angus Ogilvy: inscribed by Alexandra "To you both our printed message "With all Good Wishes for Christmas and the New Year" from Alexandra and Angus's signature: Angus Ogilvy". With a reproduction of one of Prince Charles's paintings on the front cover.
viii) Duke and Duchess of Gloucester: inscribed by Birgitte "The Prime Minister and Mr. Thatcher Birgitte and Richard's signature: Richard. 1987", 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 reproductions of family portraits by Marte Röling.
ix) Duke and Duchess of Kent: signed by both "Edward and Katharine" with the printed message "With Best Wishes for Christmas and the New Year". With their crowned joint monogram to front cover and a family photograph pasted on the interior with "1987" written underneath.
x) Prince and Princess Michael of Kent: inscribed by Marie Christine "Prime Minister, Mr. Thatcher and family, 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 "1987" written underneath.
Provenance: the estate of Baroness Thatcher.
Together 10 Christmas cards. Housed in a custom blue flat-black box by the Chelsea Bindery.
In very good condition.
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