1930's Christmas card signed 'Lilibet' by Princess Elizabeth (Queen Elizabeth II)
A small festive card signed "To Crawfie, from Lilibet" in black ink. The young Princess Elizabeth also coloured in the embossed design on the front of the card. One can still see the pencil lines drawn to aid her handwriting. Circa early 1930's, this is an extremely rare autograph of the future Queen, prior to her teenage years.
'Crawfie' was Marion Crawford, CVO, governess to Princess Margaret and Princess Elizabeth. She was later disgraced after authoring the book, The Little Princesses , which told the story of her time with the royal family. As the first servant to cash in on the private lives of the royals, Crawford was ostracised by the royal family, and they never spoke to her again. Provenance: the estate of Marion Crawford.