Charles and Diana’s 1981 wedding was one of the most widely watched TV broadcasts of all time, with billions tuning in from all around the world. Sadly their marriage was not a happy one and ended in a split in 1992. They were divorced in 1996. Diana was tragically killed in a car crash in 1997.
In the years hence, memorabilia associated with Charles and Diana (and particularly items relating to the wedding) have become highly valuable. Demand has increased following the wedding of their sons Prince William (to Kate Middleton in 2011) and Prince Harry (to Meghan Markle in 2018).
Charles and Diana wrote this "thank you" letter to Duchy of Cornwall employee Vivien Clifford on October 7, 1981.
That’s just over two months after the royal couple were married on July 29, 1981. The letter is typed on Buckingham Palace headed paper and signed by both in black pen. Diana has also inscribed "Yours most sincerely".
It reads: “We would both like to thank you very much indeed for your most kind contribution to the wedding present which the Duchy has given us.
“We really are delighted with the mahogany library table which will look splendid in our home at Highgrove and is exactly the right period for our house. We were also most touched to receive the balance of the gift in the form of a cheque with which we shall probably buy more furniture. As you can well imagine, with two houses to equip from scratch we have quite a difficult task ahead of us!
“We have been completely overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity which so many people have shown to us, but, as you will know we have a very special affection for the Duchy and all those who live and work in it and we therefore particularly appreciate your gift. We look forward very much to visiting the Duchy together in the future.”
The letter is approx. 13 x 8 inches, mounted on thin grey cardboard to an overall size of approx. 14.75 x 9.75 inches.
A remarkable item with exceptional provenance.
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