The Queen Left Behind A Secret Letter That Cannot Be Opened Until 2085

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While the Queen passed away last Thursday, her powerful words will live on far into the future thanks to a secret letter she left behind. The late monarch left the letter to the citizens of Sydney, stating that it can't be opened until 2085.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who died peacefully at Balmoral surrounded by her family at the age of 96, wrote the letter as Head of State of Australia back in November 1986. It has been hidden in a building dedicated to her great-grandmother Queen Victoria ever since.

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The Queen addressed the letter to the Lord Mayor of Sydney to honour the refurbishment of the Queen Victoria Building in 1986, which was first built in 1898 to commemorate Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.

As per News.com.au, instructions on the letter read: 'On a suitable day to be selected by you in the year 2085AD, would you please open this envelope and convey to the citizens of Sydney my message to them.'

It's signed off simply, 'Elizabeth'.

Since the late monarch penned it some thirty-five years ago, the letter has been kept in a glass case in a restricted part of the building. According to 7News, even the Queen’s personal staff haven't been informed about the contents of the letter.

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As the newly appointed monarch, King Charles III is now Head of State of 15 Commonwealth realms, including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and some Caribbean nations.

Australia's National Day of Mourning for the Queen will take place on Thursday, September 22, after the official London funeral due to take place on Monday September 19.

To mark her Platinum Jubilee in June, the Queen shared a heartfelt message to the nation, thanking them for 'the goodwill' they had shown her during her 70-year reign.

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She gushed: 'I continue to be inspired by the goodwill shown to me, and hope that the coming days will provide an opportunity to reflect on all that has been achieved during the last seventy years.'

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