Staplecross playgroup receives heartfelt reply from the Queen

Staplecross Pre-school Playgroup children, manager Jo Perkins and assistants Ellie Standen and Lauren Copp with the reply from the Queen. Photo courtesy of the playgroup
Staplecross Pre-school Playgroup children, manager Jo Perkins and assistants Ellie Standen and Lauren Copp with the reply from the Queen. Photo courtesy of the playgroup
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Children at a playgroup in Staplecross were ‘made up’ after receiving a heartfelt reply from the Queen to their birthday card on Wednesday (May 25).

Staplecross Pre-school Playgroup sent Her Majesty a card for her 90th birthday on April 21.

The letter and picture from the Queen. Photo by Staplecross Pre-school Playgroup LKB9PGrK7Tc-jBRvqU8T

The letter and picture from the Queen. Photo by Staplecross Pre-school Playgroup LKB9PGrK7Tc-jBRvqU8T

But the staff and 16 kids were taken by surprise when the postman arrived with a special delivery — an envelope with the royal insignia.

Inside, Queen Elizabeth II had sent them a card with her picture, thanking them for their ‘kind words’, as well as letter personally thanking the pre-school from lady in waiting Philippa de Pass.

Manager Jay Perkins said the birthday card was to teach the children about the real world and the response was a huge bonus.

“The children were really excited to see the Queen’s face as she’d put a photo in the card,” she said.

The letter from lady-in-waiting Philippa de Pass. Photo by Staplecross Pre-school Playgroup sH7TN9mtr1HISWC0IGY0

The letter from lady-in-waiting Philippa de Pass. Photo by Staplecross Pre-school Playgroup sH7TN9mtr1HISWC0IGY0

“They were made up to think they got a reply which we weren’t expecting.

“We made the birthday card for the Queen to teach the children about were they live and we went to the Post Office to buy stamps and everything.

“It’s all part of learning for the children but to get a reply was really exciting.”

The letter from Philippa de Pass, addressed to the children at the playgroup, said the Queen wished to thank them for their ‘splendid card’ and gave them her best wishes.

“The Queen was very touched by the care you have taken to make a card for her and Her Majesty greatly appreciates your kind words,” it read.

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