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Queen Alexandra Receives a Chain Mail & Sends it on 1907

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Unusual and rare Chain Mail sent to Queen Alexandra (1 December 1844 – 20 November 1925) which she subsequently sent on after having carried out its demands on February 18th 1907. She was Queen consort of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and Empress consort of India as the wife of King-Emperor Edward VII.

Her family had been relatively obscure until her father, Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, was chosen with the consent of the great powers to succeed his distant cousin, Frederick VII, to the Danish throne. At the age of sixteen, she was chosen as the future wife of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, the heir apparent of Queen Victoria. They married eighteen months later in 1863, the same year her father became king of Denmark as Christian IX and her brother was appointed to the vacant Greek throne as George I. She was Princess of Wales from 1863 to 1901, the longest anyone has ever held that title, and became generally popular; her style of dress and bearing were copied by fashion-conscious women. Largely excluded from wielding any political power, she unsuccessfully attempted to sway the opinion of British ministers and her husband's family to favour Greek and Danish interests. Her public duties were restricted to uncontroversial involvement in charitable work.

On the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, Albert Edward became king-emperor as Edward VII, with Alexandra as queen-empress consort. She held the status until Edward's death in 1910. She greatly distrusted her nephew, German Emperor Wilhelm II, and supported her son during World War I, in which Britain and its allies fought Germany.

From Edward's death, Alexandra was queen mother, being a dowager queen and the mother of the reigning monarch. She was styled "Her Majesty Queen Alexandra". She did not attend her son's coronation in 1911 since it was not customary for a crowned queen to attend the coronation of another king or queen, but otherwise continued the public side of her life, devoting time to her charitable causes.

Towards the end of her life she suffered increasing ill health. In 1920, a blood vessel in her eye burst, leaving her with temporary partial blindness.Towards the end of her life, her memory and speech became impaired. She died on 20 November 1925 at Sandringham after suffering a heart attack, and was buried in an elaborate tomb next to her husband in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.

The letter is written on her personal embossed personal stationary with her initials entwined surmounted by a royal crown for Buckingham Palace:

"This little xxx was sent to me annonomously with the xxx for me to re-write it 9 days in succession & send it to 9 others who are to do likewise beginning the day it is received.

it was said in Jerusalem of a xxx xxx that he who re-writes this prayer wd be delivered from all calamity - a Goodness Prayer Chain Oh Lord Jesus "We miss & love Thee Eternal God to have mercy on all mankind - keep us from all Sin by Thy precious Blood & Take us to dwell with Thee eternally
Alix

For dear Mirabel with best love fr
Alexandra"

Size: 13 x 10 cm approx

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