Princess Diana's thank you letter sells for £1,900 at auction

13-04-2024 12:26 PM

Ammon News - A thank you letter Princess Diana wrote to an army tailor, who made soldier costumes for Princes William and Harry when they were young, has sold for £1,900 at an auction.

In the note, dated April 25, 1988 and addressed to Lance Corporal of Horse N Jones, the late royal praised him for the combat trousers and jackets he made for her sons.

William and Harry, who both later went on to serve in the Armed Forces, were five and three respectively when the message was sent.

Diana told the tailor how her children were 'thrilled' with their outfits, and she even had trouble 'removing their kit for such things as bathtime'.

She also said her sons also wanted to keep the uniforms on when they went to bed, so they could 'sleep as a soldier'.

The princess pointedly signed off the note 'thanks from the three of us', with no mention of her then-husband Prince Charles, who is now the King.

The letter reads: 'Dear Corporal Jones, I so wanted to write and thank you very much for making the combat trousers and jackets for William and Harry - you made them up extremely quickly and I can't tell you how thrilled and excited they were.

'We have had great difficulty in removing their kit for such things as bathtime and ideally the boys would like to sleep as a soldier!!

'It was extremely kind of you to have gone to so much trouble and this comes with our warmest possible thanks from the three of us.

'Yours sincerely, Diana.'

A US buyer snapped up the letter, which was handwritten on Kensington Palace paper in blank ink and accompanied by the handwritten envelope in which it was posted.

Underneath his name on the envelope was written: 'Master tailor, Combermere Barracks, Windsor, Berks'.

The sale took place on April 10 at John Nicholson's Auctioneers.

It was put up for auction by the family of the late Lance Corporal Jones, of the Blues of Royals, part of the Household Cavalry, who was based at Combermere Barracks in Windsor.

The letter is the latest in a series of items related to Princess Diana that have sold for thousands over the years.

Another letter, one she wrote about her marital woes in May 1995, sold for £8,750 at Chiswick Auctions last year.

Written on a single sheet of Kensington Palace paper, the note was addressed to a Mrs Cotton.

The message, which came in an envelope, reads simply: 'If only life were so simple. It is my dearest wish. Sadly the reality is I am one of three people in a triangle'.

The identity of Mrs Cotton, someone with whom Diana could share such personal information, is currently unknown.

It was written six months before she famously told Martin Bashir on the BBC 'there were three people in this marriage' - in reference to her, King Charles and Queen Camilla.

Moving away from letters, Diana's famous 'revenge dress' that she wore to the Serpentine Gallery in 1994 sold for £39,000 at an auction in July 1997

She wore the iconic black midi piece on the same night that her then-husband, Prince Charles, confessed on national television that he had been unfaithful to her.

The dress was bought by Graeme and Briege Mackenzie, a Scottish couple who at the time revealed they would use it to continue to raise money for charities.

To mark the 20th anniversary of Diana's death in 2017, the revenge dress was displayed at the Museum of Style in Newbridge, Ireland, in their exhibition 'Diana: A Fashion Legacy'.

An Austin Mini Metro, believed to be Diana's first car that she drove before marrying into the royal family, sold at auction in the 1990s for £6000.

The princess sold the car in June 1981 and it has had three owners since then, clocking up a modest 30,000 miles.

It is currently under the ownership of Coventry Transport Museum, where it sits on display.

Daily Mail

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