84-YEAR-old Maryborough man Alan Connell holds the original letter addressed to him from the Queen of England.
84-YEAR-old Maryborough man Alan Connell holds the original letter addressed to him from the Queen of England. Eliza Wheeler

Queen Elizabeth II enjoys learning about the Heritage City

AFTER sending a letter to the Queen of England, congratulating her on becoming the longest reigning Monarch in British history, Alan Connell did not expect to receive a personal letter in return.

Mr Connell, 84, has been sending a Christmas post card to Queen Elizabeth II since 1990 and has always been sent a thank you letter in response from the palace, but he never thought he be thanked for his efforts dictated from Her Majesty and written by the Lady-in-waiting Annabel Whitehead in Balmoral Castle.

"I was thrilled, absolutely thrilled," Mr Connell said.

"It is a very special letter and I'm giving it to the Historical Society to be framed and hang in their building."

Not only did Mr Connell congratulate the Queen on her achievement, but also told her about his family and the strong British history in Maryborough.

"I told her about Baddow House and the 30,000 Englishmen who walked up Wharf St to form a new City," he said.

"And about my family who came from England."

According to the response, Her Majesty enjoyed learning about the area.

"It was kind of you to enclose a picture postcard of Maryborough for The Queen to see and Her Majesty was interested to learn of the town's history and your own family's connection to the town," the letter reads.

"The Queen is very touched by the support, affection and loyalty she has received from the people of this country and the Commonwealth throughout her long reign, and thanks you so much for your thoughtfulness in writing as you did."

Although the letter was dated September 25, it did not land in Mr Connell's letterbox until Tuesday October 13.

"It takes a little while to come here from Scotland," he said.

Mr Connell said he would continue to write to the Queen every Christmas until the day he died.



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