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LOT 3154
1st February 2023
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LOT 3154
ROYALTY. An archive of material compiled by A.G. Allen relating to Wallis Windsor and Edward, Duke of Windsor, including manuscript notes and minutes taken by Allen during meetings with Edward during the events leading up to the King's abdication, accompanied with typed-up versions, a letter from King George VI, and also including Christmas cards from The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Christmas cards from Princess Marina, and photographs of related interest. Provenance: Sir Albert George Allen (1888-1956) and thence by descent. Note: this fascinating archive includes George Allen's 'Confidential Notes' in the days preceding the abdication. It includes details of telephone conversations and meetings with eminent persons, the handling of the press, a radio broadcast, and hints towards the prominence Edward held for him and his wife to obtain the H.R.H. title. The letter from King George VI to 'Dear Allen' and dated January 10th 1943 thanks the recipient 'for sending the very clear statement of the Duke of Kent's affairs' and continues that the King hopes 'it will be possible to find some way of augmenting the Duchess's income. Sir Albert George Allen was the Duke of Windsor's solicitor during the period of the abdication. Allen was educated at North Malvern School. During the war he served as captain and Brigade Major. He was twice mentioned in despatches and was awarded the D.S.O. and the Military Cross. In 1930 he jointly founded the law firm Allen and Overy. He was nicknamed 'Poker Face' by the then King Edward VIII as they worked together through the political upheaval resulting from his decision to marry Wallis Simpson.
Hammer price: £2,200
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