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Records reveal Royal displeasure over 1947 souvenir hankies

Records reveal Royal displeasure over 1947 souvenir hankies

Royal officials tried to stop production of souvenir handerchiefs before the 1947 wedding of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, but the government felt powerless to intervene, according to records just released.
At the time, Commander Dudley Colles in the Privy Purse Office wrote to the Home Office asking if it could prevent the Cheadle Fabric Co. from making handkerchiefs featuring portraits of Elizabeth, then still a princess, and her groom.
"My own view is that it is not desirable for such a handkerchief to be made," Colles wrote, according to a document released by the National Archives Monday.
A Home Office official, however, thought it was unlikely that any noses would be blown into the handkerchiefs, according to the released records.
"Hitherto, the Home Office attitude has been that where a handkerchief would, by virtue of its small size, design and material not be suitable for the ordinary purpose for which handkerchiefs are made, but would be purchased and laid away as a souvenir of an historic occasion, objection would not be taken," the unidentified official wrote.
A higher official concluded that there was nothing the government could do. "There are no enforceable rules prohibiting manufacture of articles which, it is considered, should not bear the royal portrait," he wrote.


Updated : 2021-04-19 02:59 GMT+08:00