KING EDWARD VIII - DOCUMENT SIGNED 06/03/1918 - HFSID 86719
Sale Price $1,615.00
KING EDWARD VIII
King Edward VIII signs a document as Prince of Wales and Grand Master appointing Edward William Maples, Esquire, Doctor of Law and Major in the British Army, as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire five months before the end of WWI.
Document Signed: "Edward P" as Prince of Wales and Grand Master on verso, 2p, 8x11½, front and verso. Our Court at Saint James's, 1918 June 3. The Prince of Wales names Edward William Maples, Esquire, Doctor of Law and Major in the British Army, as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire five months before the end of WWI (August 1914-November 1918). In part: "George the Fifth by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and of the British Dominions beyond the Seas King Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India and Sovereign of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire to our trusty and well beloved Edward William Maples Esquire Doctor of Laws Major in Our Army Greeting whereas We have thought fit to nominate and appoint you to be an Officer Of Our said Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, We do by these presents grant unto you the Dignity of an Officer of Our said Order and hereby authorise you To have hold and enjoy the said Dignity and Rank of an Officer of Our Aforesaid Order together with all and singular the privileges thereunto belonging or appertaining...." Stamped signature of King George V at upper right. Embossed seal at upper left corner. Hinged to show both sides of document. Edward (1894-1972) the son of King George V, was made Prince of Wales in 1910 at age 16 (the investiture ceremony took place in July 1911). As he could not take his seat in the House of Lords because of his young age, his father invested him with the Order of the Garter in 1911 to enable Edward's participation in George V's coronation ceremonies. By the King's command, Edward was made Grand Master, a position usually held by the reigning British monarch.Edward VIII ascended the throne upon the death of his father in January 1936. He abdicated in December of that year in order to marry Wallis Simpson, an American divorcee (the couple was wed in 1937). Edward's brother, who succeeded him on the throne as George VI, bestowed upon Edward the title of Duke of Windsor. The Duke later served as Governor of the Bahamas from 1940 to 1945. Lightly creased. Light show through of type on verso. Fine condition. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 29¾x24.
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