"Our Court of Saint James's" London. July 30, 1953. pp. on two conjugate leaves of stationery, edges gilt, with gilt-embossed royal crest at head. Folio, on a folded sheet. Fine. In a folding cloth box, gilt leather label. Item #WRCAM42469
This letter is dated only a month after Elizabeth's highly anticipated and, for the first time in history, highly publicized coronation, which came more than a year after King George VI's death. It was attended by representatives from nations around the world, as well as by many less prestigious viewers, being the first to be televised. This letter concerns the choice of Secretary of State Don Manuel de Moya Alonza as a representative of the Dominican Republic at the coronation ceremony, under President Hector Bienvenido Trujillo Molina. Trujillo was elected unopposed the previous year to succeed his brother, Raphael Leonidas Trujillo Molina, who had acted as dictator since 1930. This act of faux democracy left the elder Trujillo with the ultimate power over the country until his assassination in 1961. None of this comes through in the letter, which exhibits polite esteem for the leader on the part of the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth: "We have received the Letter which You addressed to Us on the Eleventh day of May the last, and in which You informed Us that, being desirous of manifesting in a special manner Your interest in the solemnity of Our Coronation, You have made choice of His Excellency General Don Manuel de Moya Alonza, Secretary of State without Portfolio, as Head of the Special Mission charged with the representation of the Dominican Republic at the ceremonies held on this occasion....We hasten to thank you for the sentiments of congratulation and goodwill to which You have thus given expression. We think it is due to General de Moya Alonzo and his colleagues to assure You that in the discharge of the Mission thus entrusted to them, their conduct has been such as to merit Our entire approbation and esteem and has been in full accordance with Our earnest desire for the maintenance and still further improvement of the relations of friendship and good understanding which so happily subsist between Our Realm and the Dominican Republic. And so we commend You to the protection of the Almighty." It is rare to find a Letter of State signed by Queen Elizabeth II, and extremely rare to find one concerning her coronation. An exceptional letter.