Pupils' delight after receiving royal reply
PRIMARY school teacher Phillippa Farrow admits she thought about forging a letter from the Queen.
The seven and eight-year- olds in her class at Patrington Primary were desperate to hear back after writing to congratulate Her Majesty on her Diamond Jubilee.
But now a genuine response has arrived from Buckingham Palace, Mrs Farrow and her class are delighted.
She said: "The children were nattering me for weeks about whether we'd got a letter back from the Queen.
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"I had been thinking we might have to make one up.
"It was lovely that she took the time to send one. We're quite out of the way here.
"We got a letter back that was full of pictures of the Queen from when she was a young girl.
"It came from a Lady in Waiting and it was lovely. It even had the Buckingham Palace postcode on it."
The letters sent by Year 2 pupils at the school were part of a series of jubilee events at the school.
As part of the celebrations, the pupils made red, white and blue biscuits.
Deputy head teacher Fiona Kemp and Year 3 head Dan West even dressed up as the Queen and Prince Philip for an assembly.
Artwork lined the corridors and the youngsters enjoyed a party in the village as well as at the school.
Mrs Farrow: "When the children wrote, they told the Queen about the party they were having. They were all really excited by it and really got involved.
"Before we started, some of the children didn't know where Buckingham Palace is and didn't know much about the Royal Family. The class did a full half-term, they were really interested.
"We did a Royal gallery in the corridor, it was full of pictures of the Queen, Prince Charles and William and Kate, who I think were the favourites.
"It was great to see the children's faces when the teachers dressed as the Queen and Prince Philip walked into the room.
"But we didn't tell Her Majesty about that bit in the letter."
With the pictures taken down and the curriculum back to normal, the school had almost given up on receiving a reply. But it arrived at the end of last week.
The letter from the palace reads: "The Queen was touched by the good wishes which you have sent on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee.
"Her Majesty has been deeply moved by the response to her jubilee and is most grateful for the trouble you have taken to send her your kind messages in this, the Queen's special year.
"Her Majesty hopes you will understand that, because of the enormous number of letters, cards and messages she has received in the past few months, it has not been possible to reply until now."