This original signed photograph was given to Major Gordon during the Belgian Royal visit in 1921. The photo is mentioned as follows in Major Gordon's book Culled from a Diary:
"Prior to his departure from London King Albert summoned me to his bedroom at the Palace and decorated me with the Commander's Cross of the Order of Leopold II, at the same time handing me his latest portrait, beautifully framed and bearing a charming inscription."
The picture is the most praised item in the Kings Messenger collection because it was the first item we have ever managed to acquire from Major Gordon and was the main item that started the research of his history! The whole foundation of the Major Gordon society is built around this picture together with the possibility it has shown in commemorating both Major Gordon and King Albert I in this way!
In 2019 the picture was reframed to preserve it for future generations. Its original silver (royal) frame resides still in the interior of the Gordon family. The picture is now placed in a customized sterling silver framer.
The dedication on the pictures says: "To Major A. A. Gordon. In grateful memory of your valued services during our visit in London - Albert"