From 1950, and featuring a verse by Patience Strong, this sampler commemorates the birth of Princess Anne.
I've also seen verse by Patience Strong featured on a wedding sampler for Elizabeth and Phillip, and a birth sampler of similar design for Prince Charles. I know that the Charles one was a transfer, so no doubt this one was too - embroiderer's choice of evenweave fabric and final thread colours, level of skill depending on the embroiderer.
Who was Patience Strong? According to Wikipedia, Winifred Emma May (4 June 1907 – 28 August 1990) was a poet from the United Kingdom, best known for her work under the pen name Patience Strong. Her poems were usually short, simple and imbued with sentimentality, the beauty of nature and inner strength.
Hmmm, 'imbued with sentimentality' is being rather polite, really. She's got the rhyme thing happening...
Isn't it nice that Clarence House gets a run, instead of Windsor Castle or Buckingham Palace?!!
I've never seen a birth sampler for Andrew or Edward, in this style or any other. Or wedding samplers for either, come to that. Although I'm guessing that checking the popular British cross stitch magazines at those date would have been likely to have had some kind of charted design. (Topic for future research - unless you have the mags and could look them up and tell me...).
There is a picture of another version of this sampler here, from the end of this blog entry here.
And another version of this sampler:
If you know any more about this design - where it was published/available from etc and so forth - please do leave a comment.