RARE 1992 ROYAL CHRISTMAS CARD, INSCRIBED BY PRINCE CHARLES AND SIGNED BY PRINCESS DIANA
CHARLES, Prince of Wales and DIANA, Princess of Wales. Christmas card inscribed. Great Britain, 1992. White card, measuring 6 by 8 inches folded. $1500.
Original 1992 royal Christmas card gilt-embossed with the motto of the Royal Order of the Garter and the Spencer family crest, with a mounted black-and-white photographic print of Princes William and Harry, inscribed by Prince Charles: "To J——— from Charles and," and signed by Princess Diana as "Diana."
This royal Christmas card, with the motto of the Royal Order of the Garter and the Spencer family crest gilt-stamped on the front panel, includes the Christmas greeting inside: "Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and New Year 1992," as well as a mounted photographic print of the young princes, William and Harry. The picture depicts the two boys wearing riding pants and dress boots, with Prince William sitting in a too-big antique wooden chair with lions at the ends of the arms and Prince Harry standing against the chair. "Every year Britain's Royal Family sends out a Christmas card, including a family photo and a wish for a merry Christmas. It's hard to say exactly when the first royal Christmas card was sent out, but back in 1914 Queen Elizabeth II's great grandparents, King George V and Queen Mary sent a photo to the British troops fighting on the continent in World War I" (Southern Living). Over the years, the Christmas cards grew more relaxed—featuring more casual pictures, from vacation and exotic locales, nearly always including the royal children.
Residue and wear to top inch of front and back panels (likely from mounting open). A near-fine card signed by both Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana.