Queen Elizabeth II received a Christmas card from a man every single year between 1952 and his death in 2011 at the age of 102. In trying to keep the tradition alive, the man’s grandson sent a card that following season.
Would the Queen, who probably receives thousands of Christmas cards each year, notice such a kind and consistent gesture?
She did indeed, picking up on the fact that the most recent card came from somebody with a different name, Queen Elizabeth actually took the time to find out what had happened to the man’s grandfather.
A letter from Buckingham Palace read, “When I received a letter from a different Simes this Christmas, I instructed my office to research your grandfather’s whereabouts.”
The Queen continued her personal response, “Therefore it is with much sadness, I have learned of his passing and extend my condolences to you and your family.”
Via the Huffington Post:
It was a faithful ritual that spanned almost 60 years: Every holiday season, Andrew Simes’ grandfather would, without fail, send a Christmas card to Queen Elizabeth II.
It was so steadfast a rite that the Queen herself was said to have noticed the yearly gesture. In a moving Facebook post, Simes told the “magical” story of his grandfather’s annual card and the British monarch’s expression of gratitude.
Simes’ touching Facebook tale can be seen below:
Check out a news report on the Christmas card story below …
How exciting must it have been to receive a letter from Queen Elizabeth II herself?
Simes’ Christmas will be extra special this year, knowing that his grandfather’s simple, kind gesture made an impact on the Queen of England.
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