QUEEN VICTORIA (GREAT BRITAIN) - MILITARY APPOINTMENT SIGNED 08/10/1900 CO-SIGNED BY: ST. JOHN (1ST EARL OF MIDLETON) BRODRICK - HFSID 177865
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The Queen signs a document less than six months before her death
Military Appointment signed: "Victoria R.I." as Queen of the United Kingdom and Empress of India. Also signed: "St. John Broderick" as War Secretary. 1 page, 15¾x11½. St. James Court, London, England. 1900 August 10. Signed at upper left corner, with wafer embossed seal. Docketed on verso. The Queen commands the appointment of Lord Herbert Andrew Montagu Douglas Scott as 2nd Lieutenant in the Land Forces, assigned to the Irish Guards. 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. ST. JOHN BRODERICK was Britain's Secretary for War. This appointment was made during the Boer War (1899-1902), during which Britain extended its sway over the Dutch "Boer" settlers in what would become South Africa. Lightly soiled. Frayed at upper edge. Seal at upper leaf extends (loosely) over "ic" of the Queen's signature. Overall, fine condition.
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