The Arts for Tots preschool classes wrote to the Queen earlier this month to congratulate her on her Diamond Jubilee - it's her sixtieth anniversary as Queen of England. Yesterday morning, she wrote back!

Text: Buckingham Palace I send you my grateful thanks for the words of loyalty and support which you have so kindly sent on the occasion of mf the Sixtieth Anniversary of my Accession to the Throne. Elizabeth R 2012

The Arts for Tots students were thrilled – and the instructors even more so. The letter was folded like a brochure and on the front was the ER crest embossed in gold, with gold edging around the whole brochure. Instructor Treena Gosbee quickly secured a frame and inserted both the letter and the envelope, which was sent by air mail – with no return address, but the ER crest instead. And if you were wondering – yes, the Queen has to pay postage.

Queen Elizabeth ascended the throne on February 6, 1952 upon the death of her father, King George VI. She is queen regnant of 16 sovereign states.

Miss Treena said she had hoped the kids would see that the Queen and the royal family weren’t a fairy tale, they were real. She is so pleased to be able to show each of her classes their letter from the Queen.

Submitted by Shannon Neufeld

The Monday afternoon preschool class with the framed letter and envelope from the Queen of England

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