Image of Queen Mary

Her Majesty Queen Mary

Reference Number:- Sprake Number:- Godden Number:-
so 384 STG15 127
Woven on silk:-

Printed at bottom of card-mount:-
Her Majesty Queen Mary. 

17.8cm deep by 12.7cm wide

8.9cm deep by 6.4cm wide

by Sprake:
The Queen is pictured with crown and coronation dress. The pair with STG18.

by Godden:
Queen Mary was born on 26 May 1867, the daughter of Francis, Duke of Teck, and Princess Adelaide.
On 6 July 1893 Princess Mary married the Duke of York who, in November 1901, became the Prince of Wales.
On 6 May 1910 the Prince and Princess of Wales succeeded to the British throne and became King George V and Queen Mary.
Queen Mary died in London on 24 March 1953, having outlived her son King George VI by just over a year.

This rare, late Stevens half-length silk portrait was first listed on label 32 +32, of 1910.
It shows the Queen standing in her coronation regalia and wearing her crown. KING GEORGE V (see so280) was issued as a natural pair at the same period.

Examples are normally mounted on type G card-mounts, with the late credit 'Woven in silk by Thomas Stevens (Coventry) Ltd.'
The portrait is, however, also found in postcard form.

This subject has an especial interest to me - for I am, perhaps, the only person whom Queen Mary was not permitted to see. As many readers will know, the Queen was a great collector. On one occasion, in 1929, Her Majesty visited my father's shop in Worthing. Being told of the recent arrival of a new member of the family, she asked to see the baby. Apparently, she was told that I was asleep and could not possibly be disturbed - even by the Queen of England! I was thus deprived of a royal audience.

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