MC:P275/X3 Pre-1925 Royal ephemera
This must have been collected by Sir Austin Strutt to add to his personal collection of royal ephemera.
MC:P275/X3/1–4 28 June 1838
Ephemera relating to the Coronation of Queen Victoria in Westminster Abbey on 28 June 1838.
X3/1 Certificate appointing a Gold Staff Officer, dated 25 May 1838.
X3/2 Instructions for Gold Staff Officers.
X3/3 The ceremonial for the Coronation.
X3/4 The Sun newspaper’s commemoration published on the day of the event.
MC:P275/X3/5–6 18 November 1852
Ephemera relating to the funeral service of the Duke of Wellington in St. Paul’s Cathedral.
X3/5 Admission ticket.
X3/6 An envelope containing X3/5, on which is written an undated note, presumably by Strutt, stating that this was the last state funeral until Churchill’s in 1965.
MC:P275/X3/7–8 28 April 1909
Ephemera relating to Edward VII.
X3/7 A handwritten note from the Secretary of State to Edward VII concerning the history of the practice of taking an oath. The King has written a response at the top.
X3/8 An undated note that was attached to X3/7 and presumably by Strutt, and which refers to the fact that the document had been handwritten even though typewriters were in use at that time.
An undated letter (one sheet) from S. W. Harris (address: Home Office, Whitehall, S.W.) to Sir Arthur Biggs about setting a date for the Bishop of Lincoln’s homage that would be suitable for the King, and notifying the Rev. Canon Hicks. As the previous Bishop was Edward King, who died in March 1910, and the new Bishop, the Rev. Canon Hicks, was consecrated Bishop of Lincoln in June 1910, presumably the homage took place during the same year.
MC:P275/X3/10 (post 1910)
An envelope addressed to Queen Alexandra (address: Marlborough House, London). On the address side are two handwritten notes. One note says that the contents [of the envelope] will be passed to ‘my son’ and the other one, which is ‘for Lord Knollys’, says that the letter has been given to ‘George’ with a request for him to do what he can to help. On the reverse of the envelope, there is an undated note, presumably written by Strutt, stating that this was Queen Alexandra’s handwriting and was an example of Queen Alexandra’s refusal to refer to her son as ‘The King’. There are no dates on the envelope but, as George V became king in 1910 and Lord Knollys was appointed George V’s private secretary and Queen Alexandra’s lord-in-waiting in the same year, the writing can be dated to post 1910.
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