|BC438||The House of Windsor - 75th Anniversary Coronation King George VI, unsigned||£20.00||Limited Availability|
|BC438S||The House of Windsor - 75th Anniversary Coronation King George VI , signed Charles Edwards||£30.00||Limited Availability|
|BC438S2||The House of Windsor - 75th Anniversary Coronation King George VI , signed Andrew Roberts||£30.00||Sold Out|
Issue Date: 02/02/2012
Issue Name: The House of Windsor - 75th Anniversary of the Coronation King George VI
Producer: Buckingham Covers
George VI was born on 14 December, 1895 at York Cottage on the Sandringham Estate during the reign of his great grandmother Queen Victoria. This lovely cover celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Coronation of King George VI and features 5 House of Windsor stamps along wih our Windsor, Berkshire postmark. It has been doubled with a single 1937 King George VI Coronation stamp and cachet, and is available signed by Charles Edwards, or Andrew Roberts.
The Accession of King George VI
His father, Prince George, Duke of York was the eldest surviving son of the Prince and Princess of Wales and second in line to the throne; his mother was the Dutchess of York, Mary of Teck.
George VI's birthday was also the anniversary of the death of his great grandfather, Prince Albert the Prince Consort. The queen was said to be rather distressed by the news so it was suggested that the Duke of York proposed to name the child Albert; thus he was chistened Albert Frederick Arthur George at St Mary Magdalene's Church near Sandringham.
On 4 June 1920 Albert was created Duke of York, Earl of Inverness and Baron Killarney and began to take on royal duties. In 1920 Albert met Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon and became determined to marry her. Although Lady Elizabeth was descended from Robert the Bruce and Henry VIII she was considered a commoner and their marriage was seen as a modernising of the monarchy. They had two daughters: Elizabeth and Margaret. The family were able to live a relatively sheltered life at their London residence, 145 Piccadilly.
On 20 January 1936 King George V dies and Prince Edward ascended the throne as Edward VIII; as Edward had no children Albert was presumptive heir to the throne. In less than a year Edward abdicated the throne in order to marry his mistress Wallis Simpson and Albert unexpectedly became King. Albert assumed the style and title of King George VI to emphasise continuity with his father's reign and to restore confidence in the monarchy.
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Charles Edwards is an English actor, the youngest of four brothers in his family. He graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1992.
Andrew Roberts FRHistS FRSL, is a British historian and journalist. He is a Visiting Professor at the Department of War Studies, King's College London and a Lehrman Institute Distinguished Lecturer at the New York Historical Society.