The Queen Mother Elizabeth's Personal Checkbook and Register. Elizabeth, consort of George VI and Queen Mother of Elizabeth II. Original partially printed checkbook with the manuscript register belonging to the Queen Mother, as Queen and Queen Mother, measures 6" x 2.5". The checkbook originally contained 24 checks (none present), which were written over a period of nine years, from 1948-56. The register and the check stubs are written in the Queen's hand. Six of the checks were made out to "The King" and one to "Princess Elizabeth". Another notation is for "The King's Thoroughbred Stud". Other recipients of the Queen's checks included Lady Carew Pole, Lady Jean Rankin, Lady Katharine Seymour, and the Duke of Beaufort. The amounts of the checks vary from 55 pounds to 10,000 pounds. No checks were written after May 1951 until February 1955, during which time George VI died (1952) and Princess Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth II. The checkbook has brown paper covers with marbled end papers; there is a one-inch split at the spine. Notations are neatly written in black ink. Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon married George, Duke of York and second son of George V, in 1923. Upon the abdication of Edward VII in 1936, George succeeded to the throne, as George VI and Elizabeth became Queen. They had two children, Elizabeth and Margaret. This item is a true rarity. In very fine condition; checks are missing, but the stubs are like new.

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