Prince Albert of Great Britain, Consort of Queen Victoria, Autograph Letter Signed, written on all four integral pages, 4.5" x 7", pages bordered in black for morning, May 20, 1861, Osborne. There is some tearing in the crease between pages two and three, else near fine.
    The letter is a response to a note from Prince George, Duke of Cambridge the commander-in-chief of the British Army, requesting royal assent for British rifle regiments serving in Dublin to keep their regimental colours or standards while serving in Ireland. Prince Albert writes of his concern that rebellious Irish nationalists might try to tear at the colours at the castle gate. "I can only imagine a Lieut or Ensign who never carried a colour being quizzed & laughed at by his comrades on his trial which all does not add to the Vice Regal Dignity." Albert ends by saying he is strongly opposed to the rifle battalions being encumbered by colours while on service.

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