DIANA, Princess of Wales; Elizabeth II; Margaret Thatcher.

Christmas cards sent to Margaret Thatcher from the Royal Family, 1994.

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Royal Christmas cards to Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher's own collection of Christmas cards sent to her by members of the British Royal Family in 1994, including cards from Princess Diana and Prince Charles, the Queen and Prince Philip, and the Queen Mother. 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 1994 saw Charles publicly confess to adultery with Camilla, whilst Margaret Thatcher became Chancellor of the College of William and Mary in Virginia, joining her Chancellorship of the University of Buckingham which she had received the previous year.

Comprising the cards of:

i) Prince Charles: inscribed "Sir Denis and Lady Thatcher - from Charles", 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 stamped in gilt on the front cover, and with a photograph within a green ruled border of Charles and Princes William and Harry pasted on the interior.

ii) Princess Diana: inscribed "To you both, from Diana.", with the printed message "Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and New Year 1994". With Princess Diana's crowned coat of arms stamped in gilt on the front cover, and with a photograph within a blue ruled border of Diana with Princes William and Harry pasted on the interior.

iii) Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip: autopen signed by both "Elizabeth R and Philip 1994", with the printed message "With best wishes for Christmas and the New Year". With a printed photograph on the front cover of the couple during a royal tour in Nova Scotia, and with the Queen and Prince Philip's crowned cyphers within Garter belts printed on the interior.

iv) The Queen Mother: signed "from Elizabeth R", with the printed message "With best wishes for Christmas and the New Year 1994". With the Queen Mother's crown stamped in gilt on the front cover, and with a photograph pasted on the interior of the Queen Mother and her race horse Nearco Bay, which clocked up her milestone 400th winner at Uttoxeter in May 1994.

v) Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York: inscribed by Sarah "Margaret and Dennis sic love, Sarah and Andrew's signature: Andrew.", with the printed message "Happy Christmas". With their crowned joint monogram on the front cover, and with a photograph of Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie in riding gear pasted on the interior.

vi) Princess Anne and Sir Timothy Laurence (estimated date): inscribed "To you both, from Anne and Timothy's signature: Tim", with the printed message "With Best Wishes for a Happy and Peaceful Christmas and New Year". With Anne's crowned monogram printed on the front cover, and with a photograph of the couple and their bull terrier pasted on the interior.

Provenance: the estate of Baroness Thatcher.

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Together 6 Christmas cards. Housed in a dark blue cloth flat-back box by the Chelsea Bindery.


In very good condition.


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