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DESCRIPTION OF ITEM: Issued at the Court of St James, the document appoints James Irvine Hatfeild Friend Esquire MC to be an Additional Officer of the Civil Division of the Order of the British Empire. The document is signed in fountain pen ink at the top by George V (signing as ‘George RI’) and by the future Edward VIII (signing ‘Edward P’ as Prince of Wales) at the base. As well as bringing the signatures of the monarch and his heir together in one place, the date on which the document was signed (3rd June 1935) is also of particular significance being a time when the relationship between the two was under great strain and just 6 months before Edward’s accession to the throne and the extraordinary events that would follow. Similarly, the document also bears a blindstamped seal reading ‘For God and Empire’ - words that would prove particularly ironic and prophetic. HISTORICAL CONTEXT: For some time, George V had been troubled by Edward’s many affairs with married women and his reluctance to settle down. Reluctant to see him inherit the Crown, the King was quoted as saying, ‘After I am dead, the boy will ruin himself in 12 months’. Similarly, he is reported to have said, ‘I pray to God that my eldest son will never marry and have children and that nothing will come between Bertie (i.e. his second son Prince Albert) and Lilibet (i.e. Albert’s daughter the then Princess Elizabeth) and the throne.’ Prince Edward’s relationship with his father was further weakened by his relationship with American divorcee Wallis Simpson. Although the King and Queen met her at Buckingham Palace in 1935, they later refused to receive her again. Thus this document is signed at a particularly difficult time in the relationship between George V and Edward and just months before the momentous events that would follow. Six months later, George V died and Edward ascended to the throne and became Edward VIII on 20th January 1936. The relationship between Edward and Mrs Simpson flourished and in November of that year, he summoned Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin to Buckingham Palace and announced that he wished to marry Wallis Simpson. However, Baldwin advised him that would be impossible owing to the opposition there would be from the Church of England and the Dominions of the Empire to the King marrying a divorcee. Not wishing to give up marriage to Mrs Simpson, Edward was forced to abdicate the throne on 10th December 1936, broadcasting his decision to the nation in a radio broadcast on the following day saying, ‘I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as king as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love.’ Prince Albert reluctantly assumed the throne to become George VI and his daughter Princess Elizabeth subsequently became the current Queen on his death in 1952. With unnerving foresight, George V’s predictions and wishes thus came true. A rare document from a time of immense crisis for the British monarchy. DETAILED CONDITION REPORT : 1pp 39 cm x 32 cm. Light handling and / or foxing at edges. 2 small spots (circa 2mm in diameter) 6 cm up from bottom edge well away from signatures. 1 horizontal fold across centre well away from signatures. ALL ITEMS SOLD BY ‘A PIECE OF HISTORY’ CARRY A LIFETIME GUARANTEE OF AUTHENTICITY. SHOULD ANY ITEM EVER BE FOUND NOT TO BE COMPLETELY GENUINE, IT MAY BE RETURNED FOR A FULL REFUND. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 000014
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