A seven-year-old boy has received a message from Windsor Castle after sending a handmade word search to the Queen in case she was feeling sad or lonely.
Timothy Madders, of Billericay in Essex, created a “happiness word search” with hidden words like “smile”, “family” and “sunshine”.
He wrote: “Dear Queen Elizabeth, You might be feeling sad or lonely during lockdown, so I thought I could make a word search for you to cheer you up. Love from Timothy Madders.”
One of the Queen’s ladies in waiting replied to him to thank him for his word search.
Philippa de Pass wrote: “The Queen wishes me to write and thank you for your kind letter, and for the puzzle you have created especially for Her Majesty.
“Your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated, and The Queen hopes that you too are keeping safe and well in the current situation.
“I am to thank you very much indeed for writing as you did at this time.”
Timothy told PA he had been making word searches during lockdown and wrote and posted the Queen’s at the beginning of May.
He had forgotten all about it when he got the reply, and said he felt “very special and happy and excited”.
His mother, Jo Madders, said he wrote it in his neatest handwriting and added: “It’s a good little word search.”
The Queen has been in Windsor Castle, her Berkshire home, since the middle of March when she arrived early for Easter Court.
Trooping the Colour, her official birthday celebration, was held there in June and it’s not clear when she will leave. Usually she would be in Scotland at this time of year for her summer break.