Royalty Cigarette Cards (Collectables) 1900s-1950s

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Royalty Cigarette Cards (Collectables)

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The British Monarchy's popularity in the first half of the 20th century was spotted by the tobacco manufacturers. Cigarette card sets celebrating coronations, ceremonial clothes and the history of the monarchy were used to entice Britain's loyal Royalists. Not all nations were so fond of their royalty. Nicholas II of Russia was executed a decade after he appeared in the cigarette card series "Portraits of European Royalty", issued in 1908 by WD & HO Wills.

It would be impractical to list every royalty set issued and so I've listed a selection of the more unusual and rare card sets that I've come across in my six years of trading on eBay. I've provided colour scans of a sample card from each set and tried to list all the card titles.



  • Name Of Set: A Royal Favourite
  • Manufacturer: Adkin and Sons
  • Issue Year: 1900
  • Card Number: 12
  • Card Titles: HM The Empress of Germany, HRH The Princess of Wales, HM The Queen of Saxony, HRH The Duchess of York, HM The Queen of Italy, HM Queen Victoria, HM The Queen of Holland, HRH The Duchess of Saxe-Coburg, HM The Queen of Portugal, HM The Queen Mother of Holland, HM Queen of Greece, and HM The Czarina  of Russia.

  • Name Of Set: Coronation Robes (May Blossom)
  • Manufacturer: Lambert and Butler
  • Issue Year: 1902
  • Card Number: 12
  • Card Titles: The Princess of Wales, A Baroness,Chancellor of the Exchequer Sir Michael Hicks-Beach, The Archbishop of Canterbury, A Duchess, Earl Marshall Duke of Norfolk, His Majesty King Edward VII, A Marchioness, Lord High Chancellor The Right Honorable Lord Haisbury, The King's Herg Woman, HRH the Prince of Wales, and Her Majesty Queen Alexandra.

  • Name Of Set: Royalty Series
  • Manufacturer: Taddy & Co.
  • Issue Year: 1903
  • Card Number: 25
  • Card Titles: King Edward VII, The Queen,Prince of Wales, Princess of Wales, Duke of Connaught, Duchess of Connaught, Princess Louise Duchess of Argyle, Duke of Argyle, Princess  Christian, Prince Christian, Prince Edward of York, Prince Albert Frederick of York, Princess Victoria of Wales, Prince Henry Frederick of York, Princess Louise Duchess of Fife, Duke of Fife, Princess Charles of Denmark, Princess Victoria of Wales, Duchess of Saxe Coburg Goha, Crown Princess of Roumania, Grand Duchesse of Hesse, Duke of Albany, Duchess of Albany, Princess Henry of Battenberg, and Duke of Cambridge.

  • Name Of Set: Portraits Of European Royalty, 1-50, First Series
  • Manufacturer: WD and HO Wills
  • Issue Year: 1908
  • Card Number: 50
  • Card Titles: HM King Edward VII, HM The Queen of England, HRH The Prince of Wales, HRH The Prince of Wales, HRH The Duchess of Fife, HRH Princess Victoria, HM The Queen of Norway, HRH Prince Edward of Wales, HRH Prince Albert of Wales, HRH Prince Henry of Wales, HRH Prince George of Wales, HRH Prince John of Wales, HRH The Crown Prince of Norway, H.R.H. Princess Mary of Wales, H.R.H. The Duke of Connaught, HRH Princess Christian of SG Holstein, HRH The Duchess of Argll, HRH Princess Henry of Battenberg, HRH The Dowager Duchess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, HRH The Duchess of Connaught, HRH The Dowager Duchess of Albany, H.R.H. Prince Arthur of Connaught, HRH The Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, H.I. And RM The German Emperor, HRH Prince Henry of Prussia, HSH The Grand Duke of Hesse, H.H. Prince Albert of Schleswig-Holstein, H.H. Prince Alexander of Battenberg, H.R.H. The Duchess of Cumberland, HRH The Crown Princess of Roumania, HRH The Crown Princess of Sweden, HRH Princess Patricia of Connaught, HRH Princess Alexander of Teck., HRH The Duchess of Sparta, H.H. Princess Victoria of Sg. Holstein, H.H. Princess Louise of Sg. Holstein, H.M. The Queen of Spain, HI and RM The German Empress, HH Prince Maurice of Battenberg, HSH The Duke of Teck, HM The King of Denmark, HM The King of Greece, HIM The Dowager Empress of Russia, HM The King of Norway, HRH Prince Waldemar of Denmark, HIM The Emperor of Russia, HM The King of Spain, HRH Prince Christian of Sg.-Holstein, H.G. The Duke of Fife, and HRH The Prince of Asturias.

  • Name Of Set: The Coronation Series
  • Manufacturer: WD and HO Wills
  • Issue Year: 1911
  • Card Number: 50
  • Card Titles: Election of Alfred the Great, Edward the Confessor, Legend of the Confessor's Ring, Harold II,Richard I, John, Disaster to King John in the Wash, Henry III, Edward I, Richard II, Henry IV, Henry V, The Champion at the Coronation Banquet of Henry V, Henry VI, Edward V the only uncrowned king of England, Henry VII Crowned on Bosworth Field, Edward VI, Queen Elizabeth, James I, Charles I, Inauguration of Cromwell as Lord Protector, Charles II, Attempted Theft of Regalia, James II and Mary of Modena, William III and Mary II, George I, George II, George III, Queen Caroline Refused Admittance to the Abbey, George IV, William IV and Queen Adelaide, Queen Victoria, Proclaiming the date of Coronation 1901, Edward VII, Proclaiming the Accession of George V, Proclaiming the date of Coronation of George V, HM King George V in Full Coronation Robes, The Coronation Theatre at Westminster Abbey, The Jerusalem Chamber at Westminster Abbey, The Coronation Chair,Enthonisatio Chair, The Champion's Armour, A Fanfare by the State Trumpeters, St Edward's Crown, The Orb,St Edward's Staff, The Coronation Bible, Ampulla, Surcoat, and Supertunica.

  • Name Of Set: Coronation Procession (Sect)
  • Manufacturer: Ogdens
  • Issue Year: 1937
  • Card Number: 50
  • Card Titles: -

  • Name Of Set: Kings and Queens of England (Large)
  • Manufacturer: John Player and Sons
  • Issue Year: 1935
  • Card Number: 50
  • Card Titles: William I, William II, Henry I, Stephen, Henry II, Richard I, John,Henry III, Edward I, Edward II, Edward III, Richard II, Henry IV, Henry V, Henry VI, Edward IV, Edward V, Richard III, Henry VIIl, Elizabeth of York, Henry VIII, Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Catherine Howard, Edward VI, Mary I, Elizabeth, James I, Charles I, Henrietta Maria, Charles II, Catherine of Braganza, James II, William III, Mary II, Anne, George I, George II, Caroline of Ansbach, George III, Charlotte of Mecklenburg Strelitz, George IV, Caroline of Brunswick, William IV, Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, Victoria, Edward VII, Alexamdra of Denmark, HM King George the fifth, and HM Queen Mary.

  • Name Of Set: Kings and Queens
  • Manufacturer: Herbert Tareyton
  • Issue Year: 1939
  • Card Number: 36
  • Card Titles: Henry I, Edward VII, George IV, Oliver Cromwell, Charles I, Richard III, William III, Edward V, Henry VIII, Henry IV, Henry III, Edward VIII, George I, William IV, Henry VI, James I, Richard II, Richard I, Edward III, Henry VII, Charles I, James II, Edward II, Stephen, John, Mary II,  Anne, Mary I, Queen Mary, Henry I, Victoria, Henry V, William II, William the Conqueror, William I, Edward VI, and George V.

  • Name Of Set: Royal Portraits
  • Manufacturer: Ely Brewery
  • Issue Year: 1953
  • Card Number: 24
  • Card Titles: -
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