A seven-year-old schoolgirl has shared her delight after
Francesca Woodcock, from Darlington, felt sorry for the Queen after learning the
So she took pen to paper and wrote the monarch a letter which she posted to
Francesca, who shares a birthday with the monarch, was overjoyed to get a reply, which read: ‘I send you my sincere thanks for your kind words of sympathy on the death of my husband. Elizabeth R’.
Francesca Woodcock, from Darlington, felt sorry for the Queen after learning the Duke of Edinburgh had passed away last month and worried about her being on her own. She received this letter after sending her a condolence note
Francesca’s mother Stefanie Woodcock, 40, said her daughter has always been ‘caring and considerate’.
‘We didn’t really expect to receive anything.
‘She now wants to phone the Queen – but I don’t think I can pull that one off, sadly.
‘She made a card and she wanted to send it to the Queen to say sorry for the death of Prince Philip.
‘Her love for the royal family started when she was about three, she’s always loved the Queen and Buckingham Palace since then.
‘I think she’ll be sending more letters in the future because she’s very caring.’
Francesca, seven, is picuted left with her sister, Eleanor, 9, and the card they received from He Majesty
She added: ‘She said she wanted Philip to see the card, but I had to explain to her that he had died so he couldn’t see it.
‘Her wording on the card comes across as meaningful but in a strange way – she means well by what she says.
‘She wrote to the Queen “I’m sorry that your husband has died, love from Francesca” so it’s quite direct.’
Stefanie said Francesca thinks it’s ‘very special’ that she shares a birthday with the Queen.
She added: ‘I asked her if she wanted to tell the newspaper anything, and she said she wanted to give the Queen another message which is quite direct again –
The Queen is pictured at Prince Philip’s funeral last month. He died in April at Windsor Castle aged 99
‘I hope you’re happy now that your husband has died’.’
‘But she meant it in a kind way because now the Queen is on her own and she felt so sorry for her.
‘But she’s very considerate – she’s only seven and she’s the most caring and kindest child ever. She knows life and she is very empathetic.
‘When I said Prince Phillip had died the first thing she said was “the Queen’s on her own, the poor Queen”‘
‘It’s lovely to get something back from them.
‘It’s short but it’s very special – when I saw it was postmarked Buckingham Palace on the envelope I was like ‘wow’.
‘We’re very proud of her and she said “mummy I’m proud of myself” – and so she should be.’