On a recent family trip to London, six-year-old Melissa Poll passed the gardens at Buckingham Palace. Her grandmother pointed out to the little girl from Bestwick that that’s where Her Majesty hosts her garden parties. Melissa, her grandmother and younger sister, wished to take a tour of the Queen’s residence, but because of the tube strike, they weren’t able to queue allowing them inside. Disappointed that she wouldn’t be able to see the state apartments, Melissa thought it would be a lovely idea to invite the queen to her birthday party later this month instead.
After returning home, she sent a personal card with her photo on the front. Inside, she congratulated Her Majesty on her reign and invited her to her party. It didn’t take long for Melissa to receive a response from one of the queen’s ladies-in-waiting with a delightful reply inside..
It read: “The Queen wishes me to write and thank you for your letter in which you tell Her Majesty about your disappointment at not being able to tour the State Apartments at Buckingham Palace.“Her Majesty was sorry to hear that you and your grandmother tried twice to see inside the palace and that, for various reasons, you were unlucky.”
It continued: “Although unable to come to your birthday party, the Queen greatly appreciated your kind thought for her, and I hope you have a lovely time with your family and friends on September 27.
“I am to thank you too for your kind thought in writing about the forthcoming splendid milestone in Her Majesty’s reign.”
A delighted Melissa took the Queen’s card on her first day back to school at The Church of England School of the Resurrection. Her grandmother recalled in an interview that her grandaughter’s message of congratulations was read and how lovely it was that she received a personalized response wishing her a wonderful birthday celebration and thanking her for her kindness.
Photo Credit: Royal Central 2015