The Queen and Prince George have responded to a set of postcards sent to them by three siblings during their summer holiday.
Maia Reid, eight, wrote to Her Majesty and her twin brothers Alex and Finlay, six, wrote to Prince George of Cambridge, during their family holiday to Italy.
The twins received replies from representatives on behalf of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and were each given a souvenir photograph of the William, Catherine and their son, Prince George.
Maia said that she was anxiously awaiting a reply from The Queen and was worried that her letter would never come. However, she was thrilled when the reply finally arrived, according to The Portsmouth News:
“I was in Italy and I wrote a postcard to The Queen. When I was at home, Alex got a letter first and then Finlay got one. I was waiting for my letter and I thought it wouldn’t come.
‘And then one day I came home from school and there was a letter so I opened it and it was from the Queen. I was very happy because I waited for ages for it to come. I feel very special.’
Maia’s letter was written by one of Her Majesty’s Ladies-in-Waiting who said the The Queen was pleased to learn that Maia had a nice holiday. Traditionally, Ladies-in-Waiting will write replies to young children or very elderly men and women as The Queen likes these letters to have a personal touch. Generally, the rule is that all correspondence must be answered by return.
All three children attend Kingscourt School in Catherington, and the headteacher, Jacky Easton, spoke to The Portsmouth News about the importance of literacy skills and handwritten letters in today’s society:
‘I thought it was great fun. It was very inspiring of them. It’s a lovely idea to write to the Queen. Anything that encourages literacy, writing and handwriting is fantastic.
‘It took them out of their normal world. I think it’s the first time anyone at the school has done anything like that. Most children nowadays think that you only communicate via e-mail and text so to receive a letter in the post is quite special.
‘They must have gone and posted it in the postbox which must have been special as well.
‘It makes writing fun. So often we have to write where it’s serious and it’s a bit of a chore. This brought fun back into writing.’
Children’s literacy is something which The Duchess of Cornwall is passionate about and she is currently Patron of the National Literacy Trust and Beanstalk, a charity which recruits, vets, trains and supports volunteers in primary schools with children who have fallen behind with their reading.
The Duchess has also attended events earlier this year in support of literacy schemes within prisons.
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