QUEEN VICTORIA (GREAT BRITAIN) - MILITARY APPOINTMENT SIGNED 01/14/1893 CO-SIGNED BY: PRIME MINISTER HENRY CAMPBELL-BANNERMAN (GREAT BRITAIN) - HFSID 159427
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The Queen and her War Secretary sign the 1893 appointment of a 2nd Lieutenant
Military Appointment Signed: "Victoria R.I." as Queen of the United Kingdom and Empress of India in brown ink. Also, "H. Campbell-Bannerman" as War Secretary in brown ink. 1 pages, 16x12. St. James Court, London, England. 1893 January 14.Appointment of William McKenzie Smithas 2nd Lieutenant in the Yeomanry Cavalry Forces of the Yorkshire Dragoons. Despite the impressive size of his own family, with the death of King George III, the crown passed through his children in quick succession, first to his eldest son George IV (1820-1830), than to his third son William IV (1830-1837), and eventually to one of his more unlikely heirs, his granddaughter by his fourth son, Princess Victoria. Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and the Empress of India (1819-1901) ascended the throne at the young age of 18, beginning the longest reign in British history and ruling over a time soon to be known as the Victorian Era. This time period was remembered for its industrial, cultural, political, scientific and military change within the United Kingdom with massive growth of the British Empire. More of a national icon rather than a direct political power, Victoria's name was synonymous with strict standards of personal morality. Her great affection for her husband, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, remains a renowned love story in her history; they had nine children together, all married into royal and noble families across the continent, tying them together and earning her the nickname "Grandmother of Europe". Her reign lasted sixty-three years and seven months, and with her death so ended the House of Hanover in the British monarchy, and her legacy of her detailed correspondence and journals have displayed her previously unknown political straight-talking which was emotional, obstinate, and honest. HENRY CAMPBELL-BANNERMAN (1836-1908), knighted in 1895, led Liberal Party opposition to British policy in the South African War (1899-1902). When the Conservative government resigned in 1905, Campbell-Bannerman became Prime Minister. Before ill-health caused his retirement in 1908, he had furthered many Liberal measures, including that of self-government for the Transvaal and the Orange Free State in Africa. Blue seal affixed at upper left. Normal mailing folds. Otherwise, Fine condition.
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