Read Queen Elizabeth’s thoughtful note to a young Prince William

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A letter from the late Queen Elizabeth II to Prince William has resurfaced on the internet, 25 years later.

Making its way onto Twitter (25 October), a snap of the handwritten note has been shared by a royal fan account named Real Royal Mail. The super short but sweet letter was reportedly given to a young William at Christmas along with an advent calendar.

It reads: “William, I hope you enjoy opening this each day, from Granny.”

Fans of the royal family have been touched by the sentimental note from the Queen to her grandson, as much of the nation continues to mourn the late monarch, following her death on 8 September.

The exact timeframe of the note isn’t totally clear, but we can speculate that it was written prior to Princess Diana’s death in 1997. As the Real Royal Mail Twitter account tweeted, the letter was reportedly put up for auction by one of Diana’s former employees back in December 2016. It was expected to reach up to £1,400.

A spokesperson for the auction house described it at the time as “a seldom-encountered piece of correspondence from within the royal family, enhanced by its fitting Christmas time association”.

Fans shared how touched they were to see the note for the first time now that it’s gone viral. One user tweeted: “Aw I have never seen this!! They had such a lovely relationship.”

Another person wrote: “Aawww how lovely. Beautiful, precious memory to treasure.”

Others were disappointed that the note is no longer in William’s possession, given its sentimental nature.

Another Twitter user said: “Damn shame these items didn't remain within the family,” while another remarked, “Should have been kept as one of William's private memories.”

William was known to have a close-knit relationship with Elizabeth II. Shortly after her death, William paid a personal tribute to his grandmother in a statement.

“I have had the benefit of The Queen's wisdom and reassurance into my fifth decade.

“She was by my side at my happiest moments. And she was by my side during the saddest days of my life. I thank her for the kindness she showed my family and me.”

He also mentioned his wife, Kate Middleton (Princess of Wales) and their three children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – and expressed how grateful he was that they spent quality time with the Queen creating memories together "that will last their whole lives".

Now monarch following his mother’s death, King Charles III has also shown to have a soft spot towards his grandchildren – in particular, his sweet wish for Princess Charlotte.

We hope William will take this memory and recreate it for his own children and grandchildren one day.

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