April reads late nanny letter from the Queen

Published date: 28 March 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A YOUNG girl has taken a letter she received from the Queen to a graveyard to read it to her late royalist grandmother during a poignant visit.

Seven-year-old April Prince was left gobsmacked when a letter from the Buckingham Palace dropped through the letterbox of her home in Hightown last week.

The correspondence, penned on behalf of the Queen, was in reply to one she had sent to the monarch with a picture she had drawn following a trip to London and Buckingham Palace.

April and her mother Rachel Prince regularly visit the grave of her ‘nanny’ Frances Prince, who died 18 months ago from cancer.

Mrs Prince was a devout royalist and during the last visit to Wrexham Cemetery April read the royal letter to her nanny in an emotional moment.

Rachel said: “My mother was a big fan of the Royal family and April knows that. She had seen the Queen at Cheshire Oaks when she opened the Blue Planet Aquarium and we saw Princess Diana on a visit to Wrexham.

“April was very close to her nanny and when she died we were all devastated. It was lovely when April was telling my mum how excited she was about the letter at the grave and what it said, it was quite moving. My mum would have loved this letter and it would have been framed and up on her wall if she was still here today.”

April, a pupil at St Giles School in Wrexham, wrote her original letter to the Queen after a trip to London with her Brazilian Capoeira martial arts group from Hightown Community Centre.

On the trip they visited Buckingham Palace and saw Princess Anne.

Mum Rachel said: “After coming back from the trip April wanted to write to the Queen to tell her what a beautiful palace she lived in and how she enjoyed seeing all the guards. She also sent in a picture of the Queen which she had drawn and covered in glitter.

“At first when the letter arrived we weren’t sure what it was, but then I saw the ER stamp on the front and we were so excited.”

The letter thanks April for her drawing and getting in contact with the Her Royal Highness.

As well as reading the letter to her nanny, April has also been the centre of attention at her Madeira Hill school with classmates excited to know what the letter had said.

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