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Waddington “Crown the Queen” Card Game, Coronation of Queen Elizabeth, Elaine Burton Inventor, c.1953
Wonderful card game made by Waddington and invented by Elaine Burton c.1953 for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth that year. Elaine Burton was a Member of Parliament at the time, and apparently the game was brought to the attention of Waddington by Baroness Alice Bacon, also a Member of Parliament. There are 2 paper inserts, 1 that announces the game and 1 that sets forth the Rules of Play. Stated very generally, the goal of the game is to “Crown the Queen” by laying down cards to form the Queen’s procession.
There are sites on the Internet that describe the game as having 54 cards, but this set has 64 cards: 9 Policeman cards, 8 each of Sailor, Page and Airman cards, 7 Archbishop cards, 6 each of Soldier and Royal Coach cards, 4 Queen cards, 2 Buckingham Palace cards, and 1 each of Big Ben, Trumpeter, House of Parliament, Hyde Park, Marble Arch and Royal Arms cards. The backs have an illustration of Westminster Abbey. The cards are bridge size, measuring 89mm x 58mm, and come in the original box.
The cards and paper inserts are “as new.” The box is in very good condition, structurally sound but with generalized shelf wear and some staining apparent on the sample card.
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