QUEEN VICTORIA (GREAT BRITAIN) - THIRD PERSON AUTOGRAPH LETTER 04/12/1892 - HFSID 156416
Sale Price $765.00
The Queen seeks to preserve the first "official" letter from her grandson, Ernest Louis, Grand Duke of Hesse
Third-Person Autograph Letter signed: "The Queen" in text in brown ink. 2 pages, front and verso, 4½x7 black-bordered stationery, conjoined leaves. Hyéres, France, 1892 April 12. On letterhead of the Grand Hôtel Costebelle to an unnamed recipient. In full: "This is the official letter presented by Baron [illegible] by her dear grandson, the young grand Duke Ernest Ludwig of Hesse announcing his 'accession'. As it is his very 1st letter to his Grand Mother of an Official kind -. The Queen w[oul]d very much like to keep it. Perhaps Lord Salisbury w[oul]d have it copied & let her have it back again. - The dear young g[rand]d. Duke [cross out] has always been very near & dear to her & she for his [illegible] characteristics - [illegible] to [illegible] his dear Mother & has a [illegible] is quite sacred to him, & she w[oul]d therefore sincerely like to retrieve this, his 1st official letter.. -" ERNEST LOUIS, GRAND DUKE OF HESSE (1868-1937), born Ernest Ludwig Karl Albert Wilhelm, succeeded his father, Louis IV, as Grand Duke on March 13, 1892. He ruled until 1918, when he - along with other ruling German princes -- was forced to abdicate at the end of WWII. The Grand Duke was the fourth child and eldest son of Louis IV and Princess Alice of the United Kingdom, the daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. On April 19, 1894, two years after this letter, Ernest Louis married his first cousin, Princess Victoria Melita of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, on the encouragement of their mutual grandmother, Queen Victoria. QUEEN VICTORIA (1819-1901), the last member of the House of Hanover to reign as a British monarch, ruled the United Kingdom longer than any other monarch before or since (1837-1901). Her 63-year reign endeared her to her subjects, and she gave her name to an era, the Victorian Age. Her husband, Prince Albert, an able political figure himself, was the Queen's close advisor until his death in 1861. The royal pair had nine children - four sons and five daughters. Victoria's reign was celebrated with two jubilees, honoring her 50 and 60 years on the throne. LORD SALISBURY was ROBERT GASCOYNE-CECIL, 3RD MARQUESS OF SALISBURY (1830-1903), who served three terms as Prime Minister: 1885-1886, 1886-1892 and 1895-1902. Lightly creased with folds, vertical fold at the "u" of Queen. ¾-inch rust stain at upper portion of mid-vertical fold. Lightly soiled, lightly worn at blank left edge. Overall, fine condition.
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