Letter to Al DeFilippo from Her Majesty The Queen of England
Al DeFilippo has received a letter from Her Majesty The Queen of England. Dated, January 12, 2016, from Marry Morrison, the Queen’s Lady-In-Waiting, the hand-written and typed letter reads as follows:
The Queen wishes me to write and thank you for your letter and the copy of your book entitled Black Country which you so kindly sent as a gift for Her Majesty.
The Queen was touched by your wish for her to see your historical novel and greatly appreciates your kind words of support.
I am to thank you, once again, for your thoughtfulness in taking the time to write as you did.
The letter stock from Sandringham House is an extremely heavy weight and in a yellow-beige color. The envelope as well is of the heavy stock and exquisite color. It is stamped with the Royal Mail and Air Mail logos for January 13, 2016.
Sandringham House is the winter retreat of the Queen. She usually celebrates Christmas at the estate. Traditionally, the Queen departs for Buckingham Palace in February.
This from the Sandringham House website:
“Sandringham is the much-loved country retreat of Her Majesty The Queen and has been the private home of four generations of British monarchs since 1862. The house, set in 24 hectares of stunning gardens, is perhaps the most famous stately home in Norfolk and is at the heart of the 8,000-hectare Sandringham Estate, 240 hectares of which make up the woodland and heath of the Country Park, open to the public free of charge every day of the year.
“Dear old Sandringham, the place I love better than anywhere in the world.” (King George V)
The Estate is a thriving mixed landscape, including the tidal mudflats of the Wash, woodland and wetland, arable, livestock and fruit farms, and commercial and residential properties; it is managed to a high standard and sustainably with the aims always of being financially self-sufficient and of providing a place of enjoyment not only for The Royal Family but also for the many thousands of visitors who come to see the House, Museum and Gardens or just to enjoy the Country Park.”