A Letter From Her Majesty the Queen

Letter writing is alive and well in my classroom.  We wrote a letter to Queen Elizabeth, and we received a reply.  Children were beyond thrilled.  Everyone heard the sound of the letter opener tearing the envelope.  Anticipation!

And there it was, a real letter from Buckingham Palace, thanking us for our letter.  It was written by the Queen’s Lady-in-Waiting, which added another magical level to a very important letter.

The Queen wishes me to write and thank you for your letter.

Her Majesty was pleased to hear from you and, although unable to reply to you personally, The Queen was interested to see your questions.

I enclose a little information which I hope you will enjoy reading and I am to thank you, once again, for writing as you did.

The Queen was interested to see our questions.  That is wonderful!  Yes, they were important and curious questions from the children.

Language is the root of learning, and it comes alive with writing letters.

Jennie

About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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97 Responses to A Letter From Her Majesty the Queen

  1. Peter Klopp says:

    Oh yes, you are so right! Let us rekindle the love for letter writing!

  2. How wonderful! I’m sure your students were thrilled and delighted to have a letter from The Queen. 🙂🇬🇧

  3. reocochran says:

    This was almost like a Royal visitor. Your idea of writing to the Queen “worked!” I have always encouraged handwritten letters to solve problems, resolve differences and to demonstrate love, Jennie.
    Congratulations to you and your Aqua Room children. 💞

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you, Robin. Letter writing, especially handwritten, does so many good things. It really did feel like we had a Royal visitor. The children felt the heavy paper and the raised emblem, too.

      • reocochran says:

        This was on my blog “to do” list for the new year, Jennie. I wrote two long letters already! My especially wonderful past 80 years old Aunt Amelia and Uncle Orrin, as well as an old friend. ❤❤❤

      • Jennie says:

        And they will love the letters. Such a good thing to do, Robin. ❤️

  4. You are definitely right that language is the root of learning, Jennie. That is very evident here in South Africa were English is badly taught as second language and we have a huge illiteracy level. When we were kids we used to write to movie stars and they would send us signed photographs.

    • Jennie says:

      I remember doing that, too! Many elementary (primary) school teachers have children write a letter to the author of a book they just read. Isn’t that a great idea? I didn’t know that there was a huge illiteracy level in South Africa. So sad.

      • Unfortunately there is, Jennie, it is a huge problem as it makes people virtually unemployable.

      • Jennie says:

        Yes, it does, Robbie. I can’t shake this, much like the same thing in my home state of West Virginia. My giving goes to Read Aloud West Virginia, dedicated not to giving books, but to reading aloud and growing readers. Is there such an organization in South Africa? If so, I would like to know.

      • Hi Jennie, I am a member of my company’s Corporate Citizenship Team. We do collections for various schools and charities. One of the drives we do is a book collection of new and second hand books that go to various underprivileged schools. There is a support team which arranges sessions to read the books to the children. I, unfortunately, can’t participate in that as I am to busy during my work day. We also collect food and this year we are collecting stationary for the return to school for a rural nursery school that has nothing.

  5. How fun! Awesome to hear someone keeping the art of letter writing alive! 🙂

  6. Ritu says:

    I just loved this!

  7. Darlene says:

    How wonderful for the children to receive a letter from the Queen. I loved their questions too. I have heard that all the letters to her office are answered, which is a nice touch. The children must have been over the moon.

    • Jennie says:

      It was wonderful, Darlene. I loved the question about bows on her shoes! From the mouths of babes. It’s so nice that her mail is answered. Best to you.

  8. Sue Vincent says:

    How lovely for your children, Jennie 🙂

  9. Writing letters to well-known people is a good game. Choose a special occasion and write saying how wonderful a letter of support from x would be; it’s amazing how many replies you get. Or, there was a chap called Henry Root in the ’80s who published books of his, sometimes ridiculous, correspondence and, presumably, made a reasonable living from it. So far as the Queen is concerned, I do remember a couple of girls from school inviting her to their 18th birthday party and the very nice reply from a lady in waiting saying how sorry she was to be unable to come; we all thought it was hilarious. More seriously, so many people in the UK have no idea how to write letters – informal, or formal. What you are doing is excellent. And there’s another angle: what on earth will historians of the future do without the rich resource provided by letters and diaries, because people in the 21st century don’t write?

    • Jennie says:

      You are so right! People think an email or a text is just fine. I sometimes wonder how many people don’t even know what stationary is. By the way, the Queen’s is lovely, as you can imagine. For children, writing letters at a young age really plants the seed, especially when there is a reply. I love the story of Henry Root and the girls’ letter to the Queen. Many thanks!

  10. Oh how wonderful, the children would have been over the moon! 🙂

  11. GP Cox says:

    This is something they’ll never forget!!

  12. suewinson says:

    What a lovely and clever idea! Thanks for sharing. I am sure the children were thrilled.

  13. Did she answer the questions?

    • Jennie says:

      No, she did not. The children were so excited that the unanswered questions didn’t bother them. She did send some wonderful information and pictures about how she spends her day, and about her swans. That was terrific!

  14. beetleypete says:

    I am still writing ‘real’ letters on a regular basis to the same three correspondents. We have been in touch by letter for more than 30 years now, and only ever email in emergencies. I guessed that Buckingham Palace would reply, and pleased that they did. It is a great learning experience for your children indeed.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  15. Tammy Hutchinson says:

    Awesome! I love that you are teaching kids to use language for real purposes-to answer their very real questions. Who doesn’t want to know if the Queen loves fries? Thanks for sharing and your dedication to teaching children well.

  16. Dan Antion says:

    Now I am imagining the Queen shaking a bottle of ketchup at a fancy dinner. But, what are fries without ketchup? I think it make her seem more approachable. I’m glad you encouraged the children to write and I’m very happy for them that they received a reply.

    • Jennie says:

      Like you, I thought the questions were so genuine and made the Queen quite ‘real’ in the eyes of children. Getting a reply was the icing on the cake. Thanks, Dan.

  17. Khaya Ronkainen says:

    Love this, Jennie! Thank you for sharing.

  18. What a special treat. I’ll bet some of their parents were impressed and disbelieving, as well: “The Queen of England sent us a letter.” “Really?!!” Long live letter writing!

  19. frenchc1955 says:

    Reblogged this on charles french words reading and writing and commented:
    This is a wonderful blogpost about the importance of writing letters.

  20. frenchc1955 says:

    This is a wonderful post, and letter writing is such a lovely way to communicate!

  21. what nice thing!A beautiful memory made!

  22. What a thrill for your class!

  23. neilirving says:

    Lovely post, my son has not long finished high school and letter writing was not covered much, email were, sign of the time I think.
    A friends young daughter writes to the Queen weekly and tells her about her horses and show jumping, she is over the moon when she gets a reply

  24. Elihu says:

    I love letter writing! My kids have a couple pen pals and they also wrote to their grandmother fairly often. It’s a good skill. How cool to get a letter from the Queen, though. Wow!

  25. I used to write letters…Long, rambling letters. Then my audience stopped writing back claiming they only did email. Then I got email. And still they did not respond. Hence, I write blog posts, not letters, and NOT EMAILS…

  26. Writing letters was and still is a real art in itself. I used to have a few pen pals when I was a kid and loved writing letters. Nowadays it’s mostly emails but I make a point to still write real cards foe special events like birthdays etc. It’s so wonderful that you keep this art alive by teaching your children to write a letter and I’m so glad the Buckingham Palace replied – I can imagine the excitement when the kids read the letter! 😊

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you, Sarah! I am just like you when it comes to writing letters. It was a great experience for the children, especially getting a reply from Buckingham Palace.

  27. What a wonderful thing to do for your kids and how exciting. You are Amazing Jennie! 🙂

  28. Tina Frisco says:

    What a thrill, Jennie! How did you manage to keep the children in their seats? Or maybe you didn’t? I’m sure this was a defining moment for some of them. One thing is certain… they will never forget the teacher whose creativity spawned this significant event ❤

  29. Jennie, this post is such a delight! So joyful. Your descriptions were marvelous (the sound of the letter being opened), and I love seeing the pictures — particularly of the children’s letter. Have a satisfying Saturday! Hugs.

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  31. Oh, how wonderful! I bet receiving a letter from the Queen is something the kids never will forget…

  32. Kally says:

    I’m totally with you on letter writing. I actually prefer that to email writing. For this, I wrote a letter for my 1 year old every month to let her know how much she is loved.

  33. Chris White says:

    Wonderful to receive such a warm reply. And …. Wonderful of you as a teacher to have made it possible. in the first place. Congratulations.

  34. It is true, children are like sponges, and kudos to you for providing the “water”.

  35. It’s so wonderful you started your kids writing letters so early. So many young adults don’t seem to understand the concept today. Getting a letter in the mail is so exciting today especially from the Queen.

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you, Dayne. You’re right that letter writing is exciting and important. It also helps children learn how to read. And, getting a letter from the Queen is the icing on the cake.

  36. Oh my God Jennie this is amazing! How adorable that your kids wrote the queen, and gorgeous that she responded. What a way to learn writing. Thank you for your caring with these children. So inspiring! Blessings, Debbie

  37. This is wonderful, the children must feel very excited and important, its a lovely experience for them .

  38. ren says:

    Jennie, I believe that you and your children could write a letter to the Petrified Forrest and get a written response on a piece of petrified paper. 😀 Thank you for giving children such fantastic memories and growing blocks.

  39. Amazing! I’m currently hoping to get a reply to a letter I have sent to Noel Gallagher but not sure if he will get it because just put Noel Gallagher, London on envelope.

  40. I missed so many posts this year but caught this one. How fun to get a letter back from far away and royalty to boot. Learning about reading and letter writing can change the world. I can just imagine your group of children feeling the paper and the raised emblems. I could feel their excitement in your writing. Who will the next group write a letter to?

  41. Jennie says:

    It was really fun, Marlene. Letter writing is important, and getting a reply from the Queen was huge. Yes, the raised emblem was the crowning glory (pun intended). I won’t know who we will write to next. It will most likely be the trumpet player who will visit, or an Army Sergeant who will talk with children on Memorial Day. Best to you, Marlene.

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