A child blanket which was crocheted by Queen Mary and survived World War II is being bought to boost cash to assist kids in Ukraine.
Great-grandmother Kathleen Pritchard was wrapped within the pink scarf as a child after her mom Florence received a contest.
Two blankets, one pink and one blue, had been knitted by Queen Mary and provided as prizes at a mom and child clinic in 1938.
Florence received one of many crocheted blankets and later wrapped child Kathleen, whose center identify is Mary, within the scarf whereas the household took refuge in an underground bomb shelter throughout air raids.
Kathleen, from Rainham, Essex, has now determined to promote the royal blanket in an public sale with the proceeds going to Save The Children’s Ukrainian attraction.
“The blanket was my mother’s most valued and precious possession,” stated the 83-year-old who has seven grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
“It was never used but kept in a box. It was only given to me after I got married and became pregnant with my twins.”
The blanket nonetheless bears its unique ‘1st prize’ tag and comes with a handwritten word on Marlborough House stationary paper saying ‘Made by Her Majesty, Queen Mary, 1938.’
It is predicted to fetch round $1,000 (£800) when it goes underneath the hammer on the upcoming Royal Memorabilia Platinum Jubilee Auction.
Granddaughter Carlie Bussey says, “Nan has so many grandchildren and great grandchildren she can’t possibly choose between us to hand it down.”
“She is also extremely saddened and upset by the conflict in Ukraine and wanted to raise some money to help children over there. She has chosen Save the Children’s Ukraine appeal, which ties in quite nicely as Princess Anne is patron.”
Anne’s nice grandmother made the blanket, so it has ‘gone full circle’.
“It’s extremely moving to be honest. My nan doesn’t have a lot. This is still her most prized possession but she wants to help and give something back.”
Queen Mary (1867-1953) was the spouse of King George V and was queen from 1910 till 1936. She died in 1953 at age 85.
Auctioneer Charles Hanson hopes to assist Kathleen obtain a superb value for her chosen charity. The blanket shall be auctioned on May 26 in Derbyshire. Find out extra on Hanson’s web site.