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Rare Letter from the Queen to Her Midwife Details Prince Edward's First Few Weeks

"The baby is wonderful," it reads.
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A rare piece of correspondence between Queen Elizabeth and her midwife, Helen Rowe, following the birth of Prince Edward is heading to auction block. The letter, which dates to August 5, 1964, is written on Buckingham Palace stationery in the Queen's hand, and reads as follows:

Dear Rowie, 

I am terribly sorry we never got in touch with you before you left London. Mabel [the nanny] was ill in bed when you wrote, and I confess I misread your letter in a great hurry and remembered the wrong day you put down, and when I was away at Arundel last week, I suddenly was reminded of your letter and of course it was too late by then! The baby is wonderful—good as gold, trying to sit up and weighing 15 lbs 12! He smiles and giggles at everyone, and makes everyone happy! Charles, I’m thankful to say, is better but very frail as yet. I hope we see you when we return in October.

Yours sincerely, 
Elizabeth R.

RR Auction in Boston expects the letter, which details a scene we could easily see in the upcoming second season of The Crown, to sell for $300. In addition to Prince Edward's earliest days, the writing also explores Prince Charles's childhood bout with pneumonia, and introduces readers to Helen Rowe, the woman the Daily Mail called "Britain's most famous midwife." Rowie, as she was affectionately called, was there for the births of all four of Queen Elizabeth's children.

Also included in the auction, which ends September 13, are photographs of the royal family and several pieces of memorabilia from Charles and Diana's wedding day, as well as ephemera relating to U.S. presidents and first ladies.

To see the full catalog, or to bid on any of the items, visit rrauction.com.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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