'The Queen was glad to hear from you and I am to thank you for your thought for Her Majesty in this, her Platinum Jubilee year,' said the letter, stamped just a day before her passing.
One of the final letters said to have been written on the queen's behalf before her death was recently delivered to 5-year-old CJ Sherwood, from Corby, Northamptonshire, England. CJ had written to the monarch in June with a drawing of her that he had made. The little boy was motivated to write to Queen Elizabeth II after studying about her for the Platinum Jubilee with his "papa," great-grandad Ian Boyle. The letter said, “Dear Queen, I hope you are feeling better. My papa helped me draw this picture and I coloured it. I hope you like it. Lots of love CJ Sherwood, age 5."
A Corby schoolboy has received one of the last letters sent by The Queen before her death https://t.co/bUGZ4MGybQ— Northants Telegraph (@NTelegraph) September 12, 2022
The Northamptonshire Telegraph reports that Sherwood had been anxiously awaiting a response. But when the queen passed peacefully at the Balmoral Castle on September 8, 2022, CJ was devastated to learn of it thinking he might never get a response back. After paying a visit to St. John's Church to offer a prayer and sign the book of condolences, a letter stamped by Buckingham Palace was waiting for him when he got home. "The Queen was glad to hear from you and I am to thank you for your thought for Her Majesty in this, her Platinum Jubilee year," the letter stated which was dated September 4 and stamped September 7, just a day before her passing.
CJ will be keeping the letter close to him after showing it to his school friends. He shares that he wants "everyone to know that I got a letter from the Queen." Casey Lawrie, 25, CJ's mother, said he sent the letter with a drawing of her attached to it back in June, "We had been learning all about the Queen around her Jubilee and he really gained an interest." She added, "He was sad to hear the news of her passing away and questioned me why the Queen hadn’t wrote back to him." To which she responded trying to console her son saying that the queen was "probably very busy with other duties." Speaking of the letter stamped by Buckingham Palace, Casey said, "I couldn’t quite believe it."
CJ had been learning about Queen Elizabeth II for the Platinum Jubilee with his ‘papa’, great-grandad Ian Boyle, and was so inspired that he wrote to her. https://t.co/y75Ye9bq2Y— Northampton Chron (@ChronandEcho) September 13, 2022
Casey shares that CJ "was over the moon." She added, "It had a personal reply on behalf of the Queen, which he was astonished by. He was incredibly happy. It was probably one of the last batches of letters sent out on behalf of Her Majesty. It’s amazing. I know a lot of people probably wrote to the Queen but it’s super special.”
A few days ago, a young girl from the Australian state of Victoria also became the proud owner of one of Queen Elizabeth II's final letters. After sending the late monarch a handwritten letter along with a series of lovely images of herself dressed up as the royal, she got an adorable response on behalf of the queen. Olivia Akers, who lives with her family on a dairy farm in Tallygaroopna in the state's north, wrote to the queen following her Platinum Jubilee in June. "Dear Queen Elizabeth, my name is Olivia Akens. I am eight years old and live in Tallygaroopna in Australia," Olivia wrote in her letter.
Eight-year-old Olivia Akers from Tallygaroopna in regional Victoria is the proud owner of one of Queen Elizabeth II's last letters, received on the day of her passing. #9Today— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) September 11, 2022
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Olivia and her mother Natalie Akers also attached photos of the child dressed as Her Majesty at the Trooping the Colour ceremony. "My pony's name is Lady and she is an Australian pony. How many horses do you have?" Olivia asked the monarch in her letter.
The queen was "interested" in the little girl's pony and her photographs. A representative of the queen thanked Olivia on Her Majesty's behalf, writing: "The Queen wishes me to thank you very much for the kind message you sent following the culmination of celebrations for Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee." The letter added that the monarch "was interested" in the photographs "in which you and your splendid pony, Lady, are depicted in the costume... Her Majesty was touched to know that you too enjoy horse-riding."