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Charles III, King (1948 –       )

An extraordinary two-page autograph letter signed by King Charles III, March 25th 1954, as a young boy of five, addressed to his father, the Duke of Edinburgh.

The young Charles writes in bold pencil on both sides of a Buckingham Palace headed sheet of paper (horizontal lines added, presumably by an adult, to keep his writing straight!) He writes, in full, ‘Dear Papa, I am longing to see you in the ship. Love from Charles’. He adds kisses and hugs after his signature.

Central vertical fold, otherwise in very fine condition.

An extraordinary document written during the Queen and Prince Philip’s two month tour of Australia in February-March 1954. The couple arrived  in Sydney Harbour on 3rd February 1943 on the SS Gothic.