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Twentieth-century papers

King George VI’s speech, with alterations in his own hand, given at a dinner party for the Commonwealth Prime Ministers on 13 October 1948 (RA PS/PSO/GVI/PS/MAIN/09196) Royal Archives/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017

The official papers of Kings Edward VII, George V, Edward VIII and George VI are held by the Royal Archives. These consist primarily of official correspondence, and provide information on foreign and domestic affairs as well as royal visits, functions and patronages which occurred during the first half of the twentieth century.

Related material in the Royal Collection

Some collections once held by the Royal Library or the Royal Archives now come under the responsibility of other sections within Royal Collection Trust.

Examples include the military maps of William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, formerly part of the Royal Library, and now stored in the Print Room at Windsor Castle, and the internationally significant Photograph Collection, once part of the Royal Archives and now a separate section in its own right.