Due to a request from MarieAngel, I am posting this rather unusual Christmas card. This is NOT a wind up. It is a REAL Christmas card I received in 1991….and I didn’t even send them one…
Here is how it came about: As you probably know HRH Prince Charles is not only heir to the throne, but also Duke of Cornwall…in other words, he owns a good chunk of it. One particular chunk was once a farm called Briston Orchard, in St Mellion, just west of Saltash on the Tamar River and Plymouth on the other side in Devon. I was lucky enough to rent the converted milking parlour at Briston as my studio, from where I painted most of the Thomas The Tank Engine books. Unbeknownst to me, HRH, sends Christmas cards to all his ‘tenants’ and so when this rather bland looking envelope, with no stamp, just a cachet saying ‘Buckingham Palace’ came through my letterbox one December morn, I thought it was probably a bill from ‘The Duchy’ . Imagine my surprise when I found out what it actually was.The front has two embossed gold crests on it, so even before I opened it, I guessed what it was…What makes this particular card quite poignant, is that it was the last time Charles and Diana sent out ‘joint’ cards, signed by them both. As you know, things weren’t going too swimmingly at Highgrove in ‘91… So I have kept the card, even though people often suggest I sell it, as, depending on where you look, it is valued at anything between a few hundred $ to many thousands, but I really don’t want to part with it, no matter what it’s worth.
Not likely to get another one!
In fact, I ‘lost’ it for a number of years because I had hidden it away so successfully, not even I remembered where it was! My partner eventually found it and now it’s hidden somewhere I won’t forget in a hurry….Where? You don’t REALLY expect me to tell you, do you?