After over 68 years of marriage, a rare handwritten letter that details how the Queen and Prince Philip first fell in love is set to go up ...
Queen's handwritten letter about Prince Philip romance to go up for auction
The two-page letter was written to the author Mrs Betty Shew in 1947, just months before the Queen and Prince Philip were married. Mrs Shew was writing a book called Royal Wedding as a souvenir of the marriage, and the then Princess Elizabeth agreed to share details of her relationship with the Prince of Greece and Denmark.
Her Majesty recalled how they first met in 1939 and described how they danced together at nightclubs Ciro's and Quaglino's in London. The letter is written in ink on white paper, which is adorned with the royal crest.
It will go on sale alongside a number of royal artefacts and memorabilia at Chippenham Auction Rooms on Saturday 23 April.
Principal auctioneer Richard Edmonds said: "This is a wonderfully well-preserved letter written in the Queen's hand. It gives a fascinating glimpse into the life of the then Princess Elizabeth at what was such a significant time in her life. The price of a letter like this is very difficult to predict but it could be in the region of £800–£1,200."