Up until finally her loss of life, Queen Elizabeth II was an case in point of toughness. In spite of her outdated age, she carried on with her responsibilities, this kind of as conference with the new prime minister and preserving up with her correspondence. A single of the previous letters she despatched arrived at its intended receiver on the same working day that the Queen’s dying was declared.
8-yr-old Oliva Akers from Tallygaroopna, Australia, gained an formal letter from the Queen on September 8, 2022. She had been waiting around all summertime for the mail, just after submitting her very own handwritten letter again in June, all-around the time of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Akers wrote: “Dear Queen Elizabeth, my title is Olivia Akers, I am eight-a long time-previous and stay in Tallygaroopna in Australia. I actually favored your online video with Paddington Bear. Do you genuinely take in marmalade sandwiches? I have involved some images from an on-line horse extravagant gown level of competition that was for your Platinum Jubilee. I hope you like my photographs? My facet saddle came from England. My pony’s identify is Girl and she is an Australian pony. How a lot of horses do you have? I hope you had a wonderful Jubilee. Adore Olivia.”
Also involved in the envelope had been photographs of Akers dressed as Queen Elizabeth in the Trooping the Colour ceremony—wearing a pink coat adorned with gold braid and medals, and a black hat accessorized by a one white feather—whilst riding her pony, Woman. Even though Akers did not gain the level of competition with her comprehensive outfit, her mother recommended that she share it with the British monarch. A couple of months handed but at past, on Friday, September 8, Akers gained the extended-awaited reply.
Published by the Queen’s Lady-In-Waiting around Annabelle Whitehead, it said, “The Queen was interested to see the pictures you enclosed in which you and your splendid Pony, Lady, are depicted in the costume you selected for the celebratory competitiveness you entered. Her Majesty was touched to know that you much too get pleasure from horse driving, and I am to thank you once more for your thoughtfulness in writing to the Queen as you did at this time.”
The remarkable timing of the reply suggests this letter may have been one particular of the final types Queen Elizabeth II designed throughout her life span. It will surely be a treasured object to youthful Akers for a long time to appear.