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Gallery: Royal items, including handwritten letters from Princess Diana, to go on sale in Colchester

15:23 15 November 2012

Princess Margarets 1980 Rolls-Royce Silber Wraith II complete with a royal insignia is one of the royal items up for auction at Reeman Dansie in Colchester on Tuesday, 20 November.

Princess Margarets 1980 Rolls-Royce Silber Wraith II complete with a royal insignia is one of the royal items up for auction at Reeman Dansie in Colchester on Tuesday, 20 November.

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A HOARD of Royal items including Princess Margaret’s Rolls Royce, handwritten letters from Lady Diana and a piece of Wills and Kate’s wedding cake are set to go under the hammer.

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Buyers from across the globe are expected to turn out to the special sale being held at Colchester-based auctioneers Freeman Dansie next Tuesday.

The Rolls Royce, which was used by the Princess from 1980, comes complete with a blue police light on its roof and fittings for the Royal Crown Shield and flag mast. It is expected to fetch at least £32,000.

A collection of letters, cards and gifts from Princess Diana to her late dresser Fay Appleby are also going on sale.

A silver apple - commissioned by the Princess to mark her first trip to New York and given to Ms Appleby, who accompanied her - is to be sold for around £3,000, while a Halcyon Days enamel Easter egg box has been priced at £300.

Senior auctioneer James Grinter said the cards and letters could each fetch around £500.

He said: “We hold a specialist Royal auction every year. It started when we sold a collection of items belonging to the Queen Mother’s butler, William Tallon.

“Ever since then we’ve been inundated with more and more Royal items to sell.

“There’s a lot of interesting things going on sale this time so we’re very excited - there’s been a lot of international interest.”

Other Royal items include some of Queen Victoria’s night dresses, worth up to £600 each.

A viewing is being held at the auction house in Severalls Business Park on Saturday morning and all day on Monday.

The auction will take place on Tuesday at 10am.

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