Queen’s Let­ter on How She Fell in Love Sells for £14,000

The Economic Times - - Around The World -

Lon­don: A two-page let­ter penned by the Queen on how she and Prince Philip first fell in love at­tracted “fu­ri­ous” bid­ding and sold for a whop­ping £14,000, nearly 18 times the pre-auc­tion es­ti­mates.

The let­ter was writ­ten to author Betty Shew by the 21- year-old princess in 1947, months be­fore her mar­riage.

The two-page note de­scribes how the cou­ple met, were chased by a pho­tog­ra­pher in Prince Philip’s sports carand­dance­datLon­don­night­clubs.

It was given a pre-auc­tion es­ti­mate of £800 to £1,200 but sold for £14,000.

De­scrib­ing it as a “fan­tas­tic re­sult”, Richard Ed­monds of the Chip­pen­ham Auc­tion Rooms in Wilt­shire said: “It was quite an hon­our to be able to sell such an im­por­tant doc­u­ment, par­tic­u­larly as the country is cel­e­brat­ing the Queen’s 90th birth­day.

“The bid­ding was both on­line and over eight phone lines. It was pretty fast and fu­ri­ous. At times our in­ter­net con­nec­tion looked like it was light­ing up.”

The iden­tity of the buyer has not been dis­closed, the BBC re­ported.

In the let­ter, writ­ten in ink on white pa­per adorned with the royal crest, the princess re­calls how she met Prince Philip at the age of 13, de­scribes his love of fast cars and how the­cou­pledance­dat­night­club­sCiro’s and Quaglino’s in Lon­don.

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