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Queen Mary's letters to friend to go under the hammer.

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London, May 14 (ANI): A collection of personal letters and photographs addressed to a friend by Queen Mary have come into the limelight for the first time and are set to go under the hammer.

The collection, spanning half a century, unravels the correspondence between the royal and her friend, Kate Rube, and later Rube's daughter Elizabeth Gillman.

The set includes details of the birth and christening of Queen Elizabeth II, cheques made out to Queen Mary from her pal, Christmas cards from the Queen, messages of thanks, photographs and telegrams.

And now Rube's great granddaughter, Ann Wilton, has decided to sell the family treasures.

"I have no idea how my great grandmother became friendly with the Queen. I would really like to know, but the details have been lost in the mists of time," the Telegraph quoted Ann as saying.

"I know my great grandfather was wealthy and put a lot of money towards building the Royal Albert Hall, so maybe that was how they met. The Queen and my great grandmother remained friends and after she died the Queen continued to correspond with my grandmother," she added.

The collection of more than 50 items of correspondence is expected to fetch more than 1,000 pounds at the auction at Duke's of Dorchester in Dorset on May 30.

Deborah Doyle from Duke's, said: "This amazing collection of Queen Mary ephemera must be one of the largest and varied important collections to come onto the open market. The collection is sure to appeal to many collectors." (ANI)

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