Queen Mary with the Guards Armoured Division on Salisbury Plain, 1942
Queen Mary with the Guards Armoured Division on Salisbury Plain, 1942
Queen Mary with the Guards Armoured Division on Salisbury Plain, 1942
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Queen Mary with the Guards Armoured Division on Salisbury Plain, 1942

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Overall: 24cm (9.5in) x 24cm (9.5in)

A Second World War autograph signed black and white photograph of Queen Mary accompanying King George VI and Queen Elizabeth on Salisbury plain in 1942. Inscribed in ink in Queen Mary’s hand, ‘Mary R / Salisbury Plain / 1942’. Image: 14cm (5.5in) x 14cm (5.5in).

Seated in the rear of a White Scout Car with her daughter-in-law, Queen Mary sports the Brigade of Guards Brooch (often worn by the present Queen at the Trooping of the Colour) while George VI returns the salute of the newly created Guards Armoured Division. Standing to the right of the Royal Standard is the divisional commander Sir Oliver Leese, Bart. who was later to be knighted in the field while commanding the Eighth Army in Italy by the King. In 1944-45 the Guards Armoured Division won enduring fame through its participation in the battles for  Normandy, the liberation of Brussels and at the attempt to relieve the 1st Airborne Division at Arnhem. In early 1945 it crossed the Rhine, assaulted the Seigfreid Line and continued to meet bitter resistance the German surrender on 5 May 1945.

General Sir Oliver Leese in his study, click the above image for more...