Thursday, April 20, 2017

Uncle David sends present to Princess Elizabeth

April 20, 1937

Princess Elizabeth, the heiress presumptive to the British throne, has been sent a birthday present by the Duke of Windsor, the former King Edward VIII, according to the New York Times.

The "large sealed parcel" was sent from a Vienna sports shop, and was "accompanied by a big, lace-edged card signed 'Uncle David.'"

The Princess will celebrate her 11th birthday tomorrow.

King George V's gift to his elder daughter is understood to be a riding crop and saddle.  She will also receive a tennis racket and novels by Sir Walter Scott, her favorite author.

The "crowning event" of the day with be a birthday party, held tomorrow afternoon in the drawing room at Windsor Castle, where the royal family is now staying.

The princess' grandmother, Queen Mary, is said to be one of "score of guests" who be attending the party.  Princess Elizabeth will cut a "pink and white-iced cake with eleven candles in silver sconces."

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