Date Published: 1946 & 1964
Binding: No binding
One Xmas card , signed by Alexander and and his wife, Margaret Alexander, flat 14 x 5-1/4 inches folded to 5-1/4 x 7 inches.
Two cards, yellow one, 6 x 4 inches, signed by Alexander of Tunis and pink one 5-3/4 x 3 inches, signed by Margaret Alexander of Tunis and dated May 26, 1946.
One UK diplomatic Xmas card [ND], to Harold Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis ad his wife Margaret and signed "Joe & Peggy Garner" "London", Joseph (Joe) John Saville Garner, Baron Garner, and his wife Lady Margaret (Peggy) Garner, flat 12 x 5 inches folded to 6 x 5 inches.
One UK diplomatic Xmas card [ND], to Harold Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis ad his wife Margaret and signed "Joe & Peggy Garner" Joseph (Joe) John Saville Garner, Baron Garner, and his wife Lady Margaret (Peggy) Garner, flat 8 x 4 inches folded to 4 x 4 inches.
Field Marshal Harold Rupert Leofric George Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis, KG, GCB, OM, GCMG, CSI, DSO, MC, CD, PC was a senior British Army officer who served with distinction in both the First World War and the Second World War and, afterwards, as Governor General of Canada, the 17th since Canadian Confederation. In 1946 he was appointed as governor general by King George VI, on the recommendation of Prime Minister of Canada William Lyon Mackenzie King, to replace the Earl of Athlone as viceroy, and he occupied the post until succeeded by Vincent Massey in 1952. Alexander proved to be enthusiastic about the Canadian wilderness and was a popular governor general with Canadians. After the end of his viceregal tenure, Alexander was sworn into the Queen's Privy Council for Canada.
Alexander married Lady Margaret Bingham, daughter of George Bingham, 5th Earl of Lucan on 14 October 1931. They had three children together and adopted a fourth. In 1946, on her husband's appointment as Governor General of Canada, she became Vice-regal consort, and Châtelaine of Rideau Hall. In 1952 in recognition of this she was made a Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire.
"Joe & Peggy" Garner:
Joseph (Joe) John Saville Garner, Baron Garner (1908-1983)
Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for
the Dominions, 1940-1943; Senior Secretary, High Commission, Canada, 1943-1946; Deputy High Commissioner, Canada, 1946-1948; Assistant UnderSecretary for Commonwealth Relations, 1948-1950; Deputy Under-Secretary for Commonwealth Relations 1950-1951; Deputy High Commissioner, India, 19511953; Deputy Under-Secretary for Commonwealth Relations, 1953-1956; High Commissioner to Canada, 1956-1961; Permanent Under-Secretary for Commonwealth Relations/Affairs, 1962-1968
Lady Margaret (nee Beckman), (Peggy) Garner [1917-1994] Baron Garner married in 1938 Margaret (Peggy), daughter of Herman Beckman, of Cedar Lake, Indiana, USA, an inventor with the DeLaval Separator Company, of Chicago. Her effervescent, outgoing mid- Western personality was a great support in the social and personal side of their diplomatic work together. There were two sons and one daughter.
Very Good. Item #8316