RESPONSE: Alan Connell could not believe his eyes when he saw a letter from the Queen of England had arrived with his name on it.
RESPONSE: Alan Connell could not believe his eyes when he saw a letter from the Queen of England had arrived with his name on it. Eliza Wheeler

ROYAL PEN PAL: Local receives letter from Her Majesty

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'd 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..."



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