|BC241||1936 The Year of the Three Kings, unsigned||£30.00||Limited Availability|
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|BC241S2||1936 The Year of the Three Kings, alt Kingsdown, Deal postmark signed by Prince Michael of Kent||£150.00||Limited Availability|
Issue Date: 31/08/2006
Issue Name: 1936 The Year of the Three Kings
Producer: Buckingham Covers
1936 was an amazing year for British Royalty - in just that year, there were 3 Kings on the throne of Great Britain. To mark the 70th anniversary of this most unusual year in Britsh monarchy, Buckingham Covers produced this stunning first day cover. It features the stunning Royal Mail miniature stamp sheet, and we have two signatures. One is actor Ian Richardson, and the second is Prince Michael of Kent.
1936, The Year of the Three Kings
George V 1910 - 1936
On the 20th January 1936, King George V died, and with him came the end of an era for the British monarchy. His reign was a time of change. The first World War brought about huge social and political changes, amongst them was the withdrawal of Southern Ireland from Great Britain. George V also changed the family name from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to the House of Windsor, because his people did not want to be ruled by a Germanic King.
Edward VIII 20th Jan 1936 - 10th Dec 1936 George VI 1936 - 1952
At George's funeral procession, as the funeral courtege turned into New Palace Yard, the Maltese Cross, fell from the Crown and landed in the gutter. This was viewed as a bad omen for the next King Edward VIII. Maybe it was, because Edward VIII reigned for less than a year. He was not well regarded by the politicians of the day, but he was very popular with the people and remained a figre of romance because he turned down a rich kingdom to marry the woman he loved. He abdicated on 10th December 1936, and married the divorcee Wallis Simpson. He was succeeded by his brother, Bertie, Duke of York, who became King George VI.
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Ian William Richardson, CBE was a Scottish actor of film, stage and television. He portrayed the Machiavellian Tory politician Francis Urquhart in the BBC's House of Cards television trilogy. Richardson was also a leading Shakespearean stage actor.
Prince Michael of Kent, GCVO, KStJ, CD is a member of the British royal family. He is a paternal first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, being a grandson of King George V and Queen Mary.