TIL that in 1914, 17 year old Princess Mary decided to distribute tin boxes containing small Christmas gifts to British Empire troops at the frontlines in WW1. After trying to finance it from her own allowance she set up a fund, appealed to the public and raised the equivalent of £17M today.

Read more: https://www.nmrn.org.uk/news-events/nmrn-blog/gift-princess-mary

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  1. *’For many weeks we have all been greatly concerned for the welfare of the sailors and soldiers who are so gallantly fighting our battles by sea and land … I want you now to help me to send a Christmas present from the whole of the nation to every sailor afloat and every soldier at the front. On Christmas Eve … doubtless their thoughts will turn to home and loved ones left behind … I am sure that we should all be happier to feel that we had helped to send our little token of love and sympathy on Christmas morning, something that would be useful and of permanent value, and the making of which may be the means of providing employment in trades adversely affected by the war … Please will you help me? Mary.’*

  2. It would have been nicer of her family didn’t just decide to enter a war for no real reason which massacred the poor but I suppose this was the next best thing.

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