1951 George VI: an historically interesting personal letter from the King to his physician Sir Daniel Davies, handwritten in black ink on embossed Sandringham stationery dated December 27th 1951 expressing thanks 'for all your help to me in my long illness' also concern 'I fear I have caused you many days of worry during the last few months'. The King goes on to say 'the few days here have done me good' and that he 'used a gun with no ill effects and medium accuracy'. Reference is made to Miss Linton's 'exercises & massage'. The King concludes with renewed thanks and good wishes for 1952, signing 'I am yours very sincerely George R', 190 x120mm complete with the embossed envelop inscribed in the Kings hand 'Sir Daniel Davies K.C.V.O. 36 Wimpole Street W1' and monogramed GR in the bottom left-hand corner, franked with GviR stamp (2). * On 23rd September 1951 the King underwent surgery for the removal of a lung. Churchill was re-elected Prime Minister in the October, at the ensuing State Opening of Parliament the King's speech was read by the Lord Chancellor and subsequently a Day of National Thanksgiving for King George VI was declared on 2nd December 1951. The King turned 56 on 14th December. The following 31st January the King saw Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh off from London Airport on their way to a tour of Australia and New Zealand by way of East Africa. Just six days later on 6th February 1952 the King died in his sleep at Sandringham. Daniel Davies was born in 1899 the son of a Welsh preacher. He was appointed physician to King George VI in 1938 and Knighted for his services in 1951. Miss Winifred Linton was made an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in 1952. Provenance: by family descent. (Royal Commemorative, Ephemera)
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