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PRINCE (DUKE OF SAXE-COBURG AND GOTHA) ALFRED (GREAT BRITAIN) - AUTOGRAPH - HFSID 46687

PRINCE ALFRED, DUKE of SAXE-COBURG and GOTHA Queen Victoria's second son, the future Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, signs his name and his Royal Navy rank in black ink Signature: "Alfred/ Captain" in black ink. Captioned in unknown hand: "H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh".

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PRINCE ALFRED, DUKE of SAXE-COBURG and GOTHA
Queen Victoria's second son, the future Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, signs his name and his Royal Navy rank in black ink
Signature: "Alfred/ Captain" in black ink. Captioned in unknown hand: "H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh". 1 page, 4½x3 blue paper affixed to 7x3½ piece of white paper. Prince Alfred Ernest Albert (1844-1900), Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Duke of Edinburgh was the second son and the fourth child of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and her husband Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha; he was known as the Duke of Edinburgh from 1866 until he succeeded his paternal uncle Ernest II as the reigning Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in the German Empire. Alfred entered the Royal Navy on his own wishes in 1858 at age 14 as a midshipman, eventually being promoted to lieutenant in 1863 and captain in 1866. Originally chosen to succeed King Otto of Greece in 1862, Alfred was blocked by the British government and his mother the Queen who wished him to succeed his uncle instead. Alfred is perhaps best known, however, for the assassination attempt on him while visiting Sydney, Australia in March 1868, when an anti-royalist named Henry James O'Farrell shot him in the back, nearly missing his spine; Alfred recovered and continued his tour in Japan and India. When he succeeded his uncle to the Ducky of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in 1893, his initially hesitant (due to his foreignness) subjects grew to love their new leader. Very irregularly cut. Toned. Adhesive stains throughout. Worn and soiled. Creased throughout. Otherwise, fine condition.

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