RUDGE-WHITWORTH & THE ROYAL FAMILY
PRINCE ALBERT, Duke of York— ‘Bertie’ to the family — was the second son of King George V. He attended the Royal Naval College, Osborne, as a naval cadet in 1909. The following year, with the death of Edward VII and his father becoming George V, he became second in line to the throne. In 1914 he began service in WW1, and was mentioned in dispatches for his action as a turret officer aboard Collingwood in the Battle of Jutland (May-June 1916), the largest naval engagement of the war). He transferred to the Royal Air Force upon its establishment in 1918 and was the first member of the royal family to be certified as a fully qualified pilot. He married Elizabeth in 1923, and became King George VI unexpectedly in 1936 as a result of his older brother Edward’s abdication. He died in 1952, and was succeeded by the current Queen Elizabeth in 1953.
PRINCE HENRY, born in 1900, was the third son of King George V, and his title was H.R.H Prince Henry of York. Unlike his brothers who joined the Royal Navy, Prince Henry joined the Army, attending the Royal Military College at Sandhurst in 1919. He later served with The King’s Royal Rifle Corps and the 10th Royal Hussars before retiring from the active list in 1937. He became H.R.H the Duke of Gloucester in 1928. With the outbreak of WW2, he joined the British Expeditionary Force as Chief Liaison Officer, and was slightly wounded when his staff car was attacked from the air. He became Governor-General of Australia in 1944, serving until 1947.
1907 Rudge-Whitworth No 20 Special Light Roadster
No 72 Handlebar with inverted levers
Frame no 397705
Rudge-Whitworth was the market leader in a very competitive industry. They specialised in lightweight bicycles, so their roadster could be considered the equivalent of a road racer.
This example was restored some time ago by the previous owner, a vintage cycle enthusiast who rode it regularly. The renickelled brightwork is particularly attractive. There are a few nicks in the paint, but overall it is in good condition all round and is ready to ride.
1908 RUDGE-WHITWORTH CATALOGUE EXTRACTS
1909 RUDGE-WHITWORTH CATALOGUE EXTRACTS