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LETTER & ENVELOPE MARY ADELAIDE DUCHESS TECK CAMBRIDGE QUEEN MARY
Letter & Envelope Mary Adelaide Duchess Teck Cambridge Queen Mary
Fine 2 page ALS on Kensington Palace letterhead with its original
envelope from Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge, Duchess of Teck
(1833-1897), through marriage to Augustus William Lumley-Savile
(1829-1887) arranging a meeting to visit some exhibitions. She is
remembered as the mother of Queen Mary, the Consort of King George V.
She was one of the first royals to patronise a wide range of charities.
She was born in Hanover, Germany, her father was Prince Adolphus Duke
of Cambridge, the youngest surviving son of King George III. Her love
of food subsequently earned her the nickname \"Fat Mary\". When her
cousin Queen Victoria acceded the throne in 1837 she returned to live
in London. However she was still unmarried by the age of 30 because of
her unattractive appearance and lack of income, and her advanced age.
However her royal status prevented her from marrying anyone not of
royal blood. Queen Victoria took pity on her and attempted to arrange a
marriage. She found Prince Francis of Teck, despite being the product
of a morganatic marriage he was at least a prince of royal blood. The
marriage of their daughter Mary known as May led to a dramatic revival
of the Tecks fortune:
Envelope addressed to:
\"Augustus Savile Lumley Esq, Albert Gate, 6 William Street, Lowndes
\"Kensington Palace Dec 10/75
Dear Mr. Lumley
Tomorrow (Tuesday) at 11 1/2 I will be at your abode, prepared if
agreeable to you to devote a couple of hours or so to Exhibitions and
Picture hunting. We returned to town this morning from Ashbridge where
we have been spending four very pleasant days.
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