QUEEN ANNE ORDERS “ONE LARGE MANTLE OF BLEW VELVET LIND WITH WHITE TAFFATA” FOR HER COUSIN, HENRY, DUKE OF KENT’S “ORDER OF THE GARTER” ROBE
ANNE. (1665-1714). Queen of Great Britain and Ireland (1702-14); last British sovereign of the House of Stuart. Interesting Document Signed with her bold, “Anne R”, as Queen, at top center. One full page, folio. “Court at Windsor”, October 27, 1712. To “our Right Trusty and Right Entirely beloved Cousin John Duke of Montagu – Master of our Great Wardrobe”. Countersigned by Bishop Burnet, in Latin “Gi Sarum Can. Ger.” Embossed royal seal at upper left. Thumbnail size portion of upper right corner missing, else fine condition. Anne directs that: “…You provide forthwith or cause to be provided, and made up, for our Rights Trusty and Rightly Entirely beloved Cousin, Henry, Duke of Kent, lately elected Companion of our most noble Order of the Garter; one large Mantle of Blew Velvet lind with white Taffata, with an Enocheon of St. Georges Crosse Embroidered and Encompassed with a Garter place on the left shoulder, with large strings and Tassells of Silk and Gold, as also a Surcoat of Crimson velvet, and a hood of the same…” Paper toning, with minor chips. Royal orders dealing with the Order of the Garter are rarely encountered.