Gran's treasured royal cot blanket sparks bidding battle

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A grandma was filled with emotion when her treasured cot blanket made by Queen Mary - and won in a bonnie baby competition in 1938 - sparked an auction bidding battle.

The royal memento was 83-year-old Kathleen Pritchard's most treasured possession, and it was even taken into bomb shelters during the Second World War. But she decided to part with it to help children caught up in Ukraine's conflict with Russia.

Kathleen, from Rainham, Essex, and her family made the journey to Hansons Auctioneers' Derbyshire saleroom to watch the blanket go under the hammer in the firm's Royal Memorabilia Platinum Jubilee Auction, where it sold to a private UK buyer for £400.

Proceeds will go to Save The Children's Ukrainian appeal.

Kathleen's granddaughter Carlie Bussey, 42, said: "It was a very emotional day all round with nan parting with her beloved blanket. But it was for such a worthy cause.

"The hole left in nan's heart from the sale of the blanket has been far outweighed by the wonderful memories we've gained together as a family during the experience."

Kathleen's mum, Florence, won the blanket in a bonnie baby competition spotted at a mother and baby clinic in Islington, London, in 1938. Two blankets were up for grabs - pink for a girl and blue for a boy - and Florence picked up the prize for Kathleen, whose middle name is Mary, after the queen.

The blanket still has its original '1st prize' tag and a handwritten note on Marlborough House-headed paper saying, "Made by Her Majesty, Queen Mary, 1938."

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