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Fine Art Sale December 2011

Thursday, 1st of January, 1970 - 12.00am to 12.00am

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£300.00 - £500.00

1707

**POSTED 19TH DEC 2011 HT**Royal Autographs - Diana, Princess of Wales - a Christmas card, signed and inscribed in pen 'Harold and Mrs Haywood from Charles and Diana', enclosing official portrait photograph with the Princess seated on a swing, the infant Prince William on her knee, the Prince of Wales at her side, c.1983 Provenance: Sir Harold Haywood KCVO, OBE. DL (1923 - 2010), thence by descent Harold Haywood commenced working as Prince Charles' personal advisor on youth affairs toward the end of The Queen's Silver Jubilee Year, 1977. In the same year he was offered the position of Director of The Silver Jubilee Trust and King George V Trust. The former was eventually, with Harold's assistance, to become The Prince's Trust. He had received an OBE for his devoted work in 1973. He went on to become a close confident of HRH The Prince of Wales, advising him on social issues of the day, especially those that had direct relevance to or on the young. He famously arranged a clandestine 'tour' of Central London's backstreets in order that Prince Charles could see the plight of homeless young people for himself. He and Harold toured the streets in an unmarked car and were very nearly arrested for curb-crawling! News of the above was leaked to the press some weeks later and both His Highness and Harold were reprimanded. This was, however, not the end of their escapades in an attempt to highlight social injustice. Not only did Harold Haywood greatly assist his friend - HRH The Prince of Wales - by helping to successfully merge the old Jubilee Trusts into what is the universally-recognized Prince's Trust, but he continued to keep the prince aware of issues directly affecting young people. In 1988 Harold Haywood OBE. DL received a Royal Knighthood from his friend and employer, becoming a Knight Commander of The Royal Victorian Order. Sir Harold retired from public office in 1989, but continued to work as Chief Consultant to The Charities Aid Foundation and as Chief Executive of The BBCs Charities Appeals, commonly fronted by The Children In Need Appeal. Eventually, dogged by ill-health, Sir Harold found himself unable to continue with his charitable engagements and his numerous bouts in hospital were accompanied by letters of encouragement and gifts from his former Royal employer. His friendship with The Prince of Wales continued until the time of his death and was in evidence at his funeral.

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