Charles III.

Charles III.

King of the United Kingdom (born 1948). Autograph letter signed. Birkhall Ballater. Small 4to. 2 pp.
$ 2,647 / 2.500 € (90914)

To George (possibly George Petty-Fitzmaurice, 8th Marquess of Lansdowne, 1912-1999). “So many thanks for that wonderful day yesterday at Islamouth. It was incredibly kind of you even to think of asking me back for a second attempt at the river & I did enjoy myself! The day was marred only by the fact that my generous host failed to catch anything on the last day of the season. I could see how frustrating it was for you, even from a distance, as you were totally surrounded by huge splashes from leaping fish & the water white with foam where you were casting in mounting desperation…! The fish you sent back with me was received with acclaim & gratitude by my grandmother [Elizabeth, the Queen mother] & will be consumed at once.

It was great fun seeing Charlie [Charles Petty-Fitzmaurice, 9th Marquess of Lansdowne, 1941-] for a moment and also your sister [Mary Mercer-Nairne Petty-Fitzmaurice, 1910-2003], who I think is wonderful. It was also, as always, a particular pleasure to see you – with or without the accountant! Yours ever…” The eldest child of Queen Elizabeth, Charles was, due to his mother’s long reign, the oldest and longest-serving heir apparent in British history, until his mother’s death resulted in his ascension as monarch in September 2022. He is also remembered for his marriage and high-profile divorce from the popular Princess Diana. Charles has devoted much of his adulthood to philanthropic pursuits, founding 18 charities. Our letter was written from Prince Charles’ Scottish estate Birkhall, just outside of the Aberdeenshire village of Ballater, where he has often enjoyed fly fishing on the river Dee. Birkhall is located seven miles from the British royal family’s home Balmoral Castle. Our charming letter recounting a fishing expedition on the Tay and reports that the fish Charles brought home was appreciated by his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon, 1900-2002) who, as the wife and consort of King George VI was Queen of the United Kingdom from 1936 to 1952, when her daughter was crowned Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen Mother, who spent much time in Scotland, was herself fond of fishing. Folded with show through and in fine condition..

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