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Princess Elizabeth Silver Salver, 1945-46

Weight: 872g (28.05 oz)

Silver. Maker’s mark of Viner. Hallmarked Sheffield 1946

Circular silver platter with a raised moulded rim on three scroll feet, engraved at the centre with the insignia of the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes and a presentation inscription ‘To Mark the Appreciation of / the Board and Executive of NAAFI / of / Geraldo's Personal Contribution / to the successful opening / by / Her Royal Highness The Princess Elizabeth / of the / NAAFI Club, Portsmouth, / on the / 31st January 1946’

H.M. The Queen was the 19-year-old heir to the throne at the time of her visit to Portsmouth in 1946. She arrived by train, and was received by the Commander-in-Chief, whence she inspected a guard of honour found from H.M.S. Victory, visited the battleship H.M.S Howe, recently returned from war service in the Far East, lunched in Nelson’s dining cabin and afterwards formally opened Navy Army and Air Force Institute built to the designs Ernest Martin Joseph (1877-1960) in the grounds of Government House. The music for the occasion was provided by Gerald Walcan Bright (1904-74) aka Geraldo (1904-1974) the continuously popular English dance band leader.

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