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”.
"William, I hope you enjoy opening this each day, Granny"- A card written in the hand of #QueenElizabethII & sent to the young #PrinceWilliam obviously along with an advent calendar. It was purchased from a former employee of #PrincessDiana. pic.twitter.com/qo6j882yUb
— Royal Household Mail 🇬🇧 🇺🇦 (@RealRoyalMail) October 25, 2022
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.
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".
We hope William will take this memory and recreate it for his own children and grandchildren one day.
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