A picture of a handwritten letter by the late Queen Elizabeth II to her grandson Prince William has resurfaced the internet 25 years later.
The photo was shared earlier this week on Twitter by the Royal Household Mail. The letter, which the Queen has reportedly given to a young Prince William at Christmas along with an advent calendar read: “William, I hope you enjoy opening this each day, Granny”.
Touched by the sentimental note, royal fans immediately shared their feelings. One wrote: “Aw I have never seen this!! They had such a lovely relationship”.
A second penned: “I give advent calendars to my granddaughters and always gave them to my children! Love this!”
“Aawww how lovely. Beautiful, precious memory to treasure,” remarked a third.
"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
According to the Daily Mail, the handwritten note was put up for auction by Boston-based RR Auctions back in December 2016, where it was expected to reach up to £1,400.
The exact timeframe of the note isn’t totally clear, but it’s likely it is dated prior to Princess Diana’s death in 1997.
The Queen and Prince William clearly had a fun and loving relationship that shone through whenever they were together. After her death, William said:”On Thursday, the world lost an extraordinary leader, whose commitment to the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth was absolute. So much will be said in the days ahead about the meaning of her historic reign.
“I, however, have lost a grandmother. And while I will grieve her loss, I also feel incredibly grateful. I have had the benefit of The Queen’s wisdom and reassurance into my fifth decade.
“My wife has had twenty years of her guidance and support. My three children have got to spend holidays with her and create memories that will last their whole lives.”
“She was by my side at my happiest moments. And she was by my side during the saddest days of my life. I knew this day would come, but it will be sometime before the reality of life without Grannie will truly feel real.”