26 April 1923: The Marriage of the Duke of York and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon

The future King George VI and his Queen consort, Elizabeth, were married at Westminster Abbey, London, on 26 April 1923. The second son of King George V and Queen Mary was born Prince Albert Frederick Arthur George, on 14 December 1895. He was created Duke of York in 1920. He proposed to Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, daughter of the 14th Earl of Strathmore, three times before she … Continue reading 26 April 1923: The Marriage of the Duke of York and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon

Royal Ciphers on Postboxes: a Brief Guide

Britain got her first post boxes during the 1850s. Apart from a short period when we posted mail in ‘anonymous’ post boxes, so called as they did not carry a royal cipher, (sometimes spelled cypher), the Post Office quickly settled on using the cipher of the reigning monarch on all letter boxes. Below left is the VR cipher that is found on Victorian pillar boxes, … Continue reading Royal Ciphers on Postboxes: a Brief Guide