Queen Alexandra's Red Cross bag

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Red cloth bag, lined with beige material, with red and white draw string. Label sewn inside reads 'This bag belonged to Queen Alexandra and held her Red Cross papers during the Great War of 1914'. Queen Alexandra had a long involvement with the British Red Cross. In February 1885 as Princess of Wales she formed her own branch of the Society to help raise money for medical aid to the sick and wounded. Under the guidance of her and her husband in 1905 they oversaw the reorganisation and reconstitution of the Society and she became President whilst her husband, King Edward VII, became Patron. In 1908 she signed the petition for the granting of the Royal Charter, which was approved by the Privy Council. Her continued involvement included the purchase of a building for what would become the Star and Garter Home for Disabled Sailors and Soldiers in Richmond.
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Alexandra (b.1844, d.1925)

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