DescriptionWallis Simpson and Queen Elizabeth II Grouping. Includes a typed letter (6.25" x 9.75", matted to an overall size of 11" x 14") signed "Wallis" written to Lady Mendl, November 18, 1940. Also includes a 1954 Christmas card (8" x 7") signed "Elizabeth R" and "Philip/ 1954". Both pieces are in very fine condition.
Months after becoming King of the United Kingdom, Edward VIII proposed marriage to the American divorcée Wallis Simpson. This was followed by his abdication and their marriage in 1937. In this letter, Wallis sends friendly communications to Lady Mendl, an influential interior decorator, about redecorating her home: "I am having a painter come down from New York to do a few tricky things. . . I am dying for you to see it."
The folded Christmas card contains a photograph of the Queen, Philip, Prince Charles, and Princess Anne on page three. Page two is printed with the greeting, "WITH BEST WISHES FOR/ CHRISTMAS AND THE NEW YEAR".
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