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The former heir to the throne of the disputed provinces, Queen Victoria's son-in-law, writes from Cumberland Lodge, on the grounds of Windsor Castle.
Autograph Letter signed: "Christian Schleswig", 3 page, 5x7. Cumberland Lodge [Windsor Grand Park, London], 1902 March 7. On personal letterhead with imprinted princely emblem to "Sir Arthur Ellis", in full: "Tuesday went well with me very well, & it will cause me no inconvenience to attend the meeting. I will try to do my best to pour oil on the troubled waters. The service yesterday was very tiresome but else a great success. May I mention that there is a misprint in the last circular. Mr. Meyer Wray spells his name with a 'W'. Yours sincerely". Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein (1831-1917), a member of the ancient House of Oldenberg, would have succeeded to the title of Duke of Schleswig-Holstein had not European politics dictated otherwise. The two duchies were tied to the Danish crown, but also part of the German Confederation. The great powers of Europe were preoccupied with the "Schleswig Holstein question" in the mid-19th century, with the territory losing its independence first to Denmark (1852), but ultimately being mostly absorbed by Germany (1864). In 1866, Prince Christian married Princess Helena, third daughter of Queen Victoria, who sanctioned the marriage so long as the couple agreed to reside in Britain. (For political and other reasons, the marriage was the subject of bitter disagreement with the royal family, but it proved a happy one.) In 1914, following the example of Britain's King George V (who changed the dynastic name from Saxe-Coburg to Windsor), Christian dropped Schleswig-Holstein from his title. Sir Arthur Ellis (1861-1907) was a British general. Normal mailing folds. Corners lightly worn and creased. Paper clip rust marks on top margin. Slightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: January 22, 1831 in Augustenbrough, Denmark
Died: October 28, 1917 in London, England, United Kingdom

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