Childhood letter six-year-old King Charles wrote to his poorly 'granny' found in loft

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A letter written by King Charles to his poorly 'granny' in 1955 when he was just six years old has been discovered in a loft.

Dated 15th March 1955, the letter on Buckingham Palace-headed paper reads: "Dear Granny, I am sorry that you are ill. I hope you will be better soon." The flipside of the page says: "Lots of love from Charles". The letter also includes a charming array of colourful kisses and drawings.

The letter was discovered by a couple who live in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, during a Christmas clear-out.

"We finally had the time to look through a big box file that my mother had given to us. It turned out it had belonged to my late grandad Roland Stockdale," says the man who found the letter.

childhood letter from king charles found in loft
Hansons Auctioneers

"It contained lots of royal memorabilia, including a letter from Prince Charles to his grandmother. My wife said 'wow, look at that!' We were pretty gobsmacked but we weren’t sure whether anyone would be interested in it.

"My grandad passed away in his 70s in 1983 and the folder was inherited by my dad, who subsequently passed it to my mum over 10 years ago. She never had chance to look through it and gave it to my wife and I. Finally, at Christmas we had a bit of time to look through my grandad's folder. For the last 30 to 40 years it's been gathering dust inside various lofts."

childhood letter from king charles found in loft
Hansons Auctioneers

Charles Hanson, owner of Hansons Actioneers, adds: "These rare royal finds are remarkable, even more so when you consider the family had no idea they had them in their care for around 40 years.

"We all hang on to items throughout our life, such as cards and letters. Roland did the same and, like the vast majority of us, never thought to mention them to his family."

The letter will be auctioned by Hansons Auctioneers on 7th March. For more information, visit

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