Book of the Week: Marriage of Her Royal Highness The Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten Royal Navy – List of Wedding Gifts

The Wedding List of The Queen and Prince Philip begins by itemising the gifts given by the Royal Families and then goes on to the General List of Presents.  This General List amounts to 2583 gift givers ranging from ‘The People of Tanganyika: An uncut diamond; the cutting of the stone will be arranged in accordance with The Princess Elizabeth’s wishes’ to ‘Miss Edith Dadson: A pair of hand-made gloves’ to ‘The National Federation of Women’s Institutes: An ecru tablecloth, handworked and embroidered, and a “Woman’s Institute Book”, a handbound volume with a page contributed by each of the 58 County organisations which comprise the National Federation of Women’s Institutes’ to ‘An Anonymous Admirer: A Book of Common Prayer and Hymns, bound morocco tooled with gold’ to Mr Noel Coward: A Georgian silver salver with scalloped corners on scroll feet, and a cornelian and agate seal’ to ‘Miss J Lawrence: A pair of nylon stockings’ to ‘Mr Michael Farr: Twelve bottles of sloe gin’ to ‘No 80 Ukrainian Prisoners of War Camp, Sleaford Lincs: A snapshot album, the lid decorated in traditional Ukrainian style’.  It is quite fascinating to read and, as the marriage took place in 1947, it must be remembered that rationing was still in effect.