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On black-bordered mourning paper, occasioned by the death of King Edward VII (Christian's brother in law), the Prince accepts a dinner invitation.
Autograph Letter signed: "Christian Holstein", 3 page, 5x8. Schomburg House, Pall Mall [London], 1911 April 24. On personal letterhead with ducal family crest to "Lord Governor", in full: "I was delighted to receive your letter as it proves that you are on the high road to recovery, but you must have had a very bad time of it. I trust however that you will soon be quite strong again. I accept with much pleasure your kind invitation to dine with you on May 27th on the occasion of the King's official birthday. I should like to take this opportunity of thanking you for the excellent engraving of your dear brother which you have kindly given me. I shall value it very much, as he was one of my dearest friends. Believe me 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. This marriage, which risked offending both Germany and Denmark, also divided the British royal family, but Victoria supported it on condition that the couple agreed to reside in Britain. It proved a very happy marriage, with six children. Christian played little role in British public life. During World War I, 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. The black-bordered mourning paper was occasioned by the death of King Edward VIII, Prince Christian's brother in law (May 6, 1910). Schomburg House was occupied in this era by the War Office and other government facilities. Fold down right margin. Corners and edges lightly worn. Slightly toned. Normal mailing fold. 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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