Prince George 2nd Duke of Cambridge as a Child 1824 & Mother Princess Augusta of Hesse-Kassell
Charming childhood exercise in writing from Prince George, 2nd Duke of Cambridge, (26 March 1819 – 17 March 1904) to his mother, written in German expressing his love for his mother she in turn has annotated the page at the bottom right hand side and has dated it as December 24th 1824. He was a member of the British Royal Family, a male-line grandson of King George III, cousin of Queen Victoria, and maternal uncle of Queen Mary, consort of King George V. The Duke was an army officer by profession and served as Commander-in-Chief of the Forces (military head of the British Army) from 1856 to 1895. He became Duke of Cambridge in 1850 and Field Marshal in 1862. Deeply devoted to the old Army, he worked with the Queen to defeat or minimize every reform proposal, such as setting up a general staff. His Army became a moribund and stagnant institution, lagging far behind France and Germany. Its weaknesses were dramatically revealed by the poor organization at the start of the Second Boer War.
His mother was Princess Augusta of Hesse-Kassel (25 July 1797 – 6 April 1889), she was the wife of Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge, the tenth-born child, and seventh son, of George III of the United Kingdom and Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. The longest-lived daughter-in-law of George III, she was the maternal grandmother of Mary of Teck, wife of George V.
"Meiner lieben Mama" - "My dear Mama"
Size: 22.5 x 19 cm approx