Queen Elizabeth's letters to be auctioned

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Queen Elizabeth's letters are for sale credit:Bang Showbiz
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Queen Elizabeth told of her "emptiness and loneliness" following the death of her father in a letter to a member of royal staff.

Private letters from the monarch and her son Prince Charles to aide Michael Farebrother, a former Grenadier Guard and the Prince of Wales' private tutor who died in 1987 aged 67, which spanned over 40 years are set to be auctioned off as part of a collection of never-seen-before photographs of the family, and the notes lay bare some of the royals' most personal thoughts.

One of the earliest letters saw the queen write to Mr. Farebrother - who was posted to Windsor Castle during World War II - about her "unbearable" sorrow following the death of George VI in 1952, but despite her "emptiness and loneliness", she knew she had a "job to do" after taking the throne.

And the monarch told the aide she felt her father's death was "so much worse" for her mother and younger sister Margaret.

In a rare break with the protocol around the royal family expressing their political views, the queen confided in Mr. Farebrother about her doubts the troubles in Northern Ireland would ever be resolved after Lord Mountbatten was killed by an IRA bomb in 1979.

She wrote: "One can only pray that he will not have died in vain and that some good may come of this terrible act of blowing up a family on holiday and will shock people into doing something about Ireland - if only their opinions were not so entrenched."

Other letters in the collection - which was kept in a cloth-bound album and is expected to fetch up to £80,000 when it is sold at Gorringes auction house in Lewes, East Sussex, on 7 December - included a letter from Charles following the birth of Prince William, which he signed as "Charlie", while another note had the prince sign off as "your erstwhile pupil".

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