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    Diana, Princess of Wales Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages, front and back of a single sheet, 4.5" x 7.25" (sight); Highgrove; September 24, 1988. On Charles and Diana imprinted letterhead, addressed to the head royal chef, Darren McGrady, and his wife Julie. The letter reads: "Dear Darren, Thank you so much for sending me the lovely invitation to your wedding on October 15. It was a very kind thought & I was thrilled to bits to be included! Sadly, I cannot be with you both on your 'big day' as I am supposed to be in another part of the country on that weekend...to think that I am going to miss the best man's speech!! However, I will be thinking of you & Julie & wishing you every possible happiness for the future. Once again, many thanx for your letter & invitation. Yours sincerely, Diana."

    Accompanying the letter is a congratulatory telegram sent by Diana to the McGradys following their wedding, and an 8" x 11.25" color photograph of the princess; all are matted and framed to the overall size of 23.5" x 19.75". An opening on the back of the frame allows for viewing of the front of the letter.

    McGrady was on friendly terms with the Princess of Wales, chatting with her when she surprised him in the kitchens, making special meals to help with her diet, and even dancing with her at an annually thrown Ghillies Ball. He later worked for her at Kensington Palace following her divorce from Prince Charles. After her death, McGrady moved to Dallas, Texas and became a personal chef, author, and consultant.

    Condition: Letter has usual mail fold, otherwise very good condition.


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