The Art File’s celebration adds to the week’s Royal connections

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The Art File’s Ged, Karen and James Mace are presented with the company’s Queen’s Award for Export by Lord Lieutenant Sir John Peace and Deputy Lord Lieutenant Richard Bullock at the recent event.

Among the most touching memories Prince William and Prince Harry shared from their childhood in the recent TV documentary ‘Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy’ was how Princess Diana used to send them rude cards to maintain the bond while they were away at school.

The Royal Princes recalled the fun side of their mother. “She was one of the naughtiest parents,” said Prince Harry, referring to Princess Diana’s mischievous sense of humour – and greeting cards played a role in this.

As Prince William said in the documentary that was broadcast on Monday (July 24): “She loved the rudest cards you could imagine…I would be at school and I’d get a card from my mother. Usually she found something very embarrassing, a very funny card, and then wrote very nice stuff inside, but I dared not open it in case the teachers or anyone else in the class had seen it.”

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Above: One of the Royal Christmas cards that was sent by Princess Diana and Prince Charles when the princes were small.

But Diana is far from the only Royal who enjoys sending greeting cards. When Ged and James Mace of The Art File were at Buckingham Palace recently, in honour of the company receiving a Queen’s Award for Export, Prince Phillip revealed his hand.

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Above: The Art File’s James Mace with the official scroll which has been personally signed by the Queen.

Having asked James Mace the nature of The Art File’s business, the Duke Edinburgh said: “very good. I still send greeting cards on a regular basis.”

Following on from the event at Buckingham Palace, the official Grant of Appointment scroll, complete with the Queen’s signature as well as a commemorative crystal vase was presented to The Art File by Lord Lieutenant Sir John Peace and Deputy Lord Lieutenant Richard Bullock at a ceremony, which took place in Nottingham, where the publisher is based, attended by staff, suppliers and customers.


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