Jun 15, 2023 - Sale 2641

Sale 2641 - Lot 31

Price Realized: $ 2,375
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,500 - $ 5,000
WRITTEN DAYS BEFORE BECOMING QUEEN ELIZABETH II; QUEEN OF THE UK. Autograph Letter Signed, "Elizabeth," as Princess, to Lady Anderson, thanking for a book and praising a copy of her speech mentioning the Australian lyre bird. 1 1/2 pages, 8vo, written on recto and verso of a single sheet, "Clarence House" stationery showing Prince Philip's Order of the Garter badge; horizontal fold, remnants of hinging at upper corners verso. "Clarence House" [London], 30 January 1952

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"I am so grateful to you for sending me the book which will be most interesting to read on the journey, and also for the copy of your broadcast which I must say I enjoyed reading very much indeed--it painted a very vivid picture, especially of the fascinating lyre bird. I wonder if we shall have a chance to see it. . . ."
The death of King George VI one week after the writing of this letter prevented the tour of Oceania that the Princess had planned for February, 1952.