The death of the longest reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II has undoubtedly rippled through the nation – and the globe. And that has not stopped Her Majesty’s subjects from writing to the palace in the hope of their words comforting the new King Charles III and the wider royal family. In excess of 50,000 letters and cards penned with an array of tributes have reached the royals. But a small and dedicated correspondence team are making their way through the masses. The Royal Family’s official Twitter account said the team are “carefully sorting, reading and responding to the messages as they arrive”.
The Palace shared pictures earlier today showing some of the thousands of letters being opened by members of the royal household’s correspondence team.
One card said: “We are thinking of you” above a crown. Meanwhile, many letters were addressed personally to the new monarch “His Majesty King Charles III”.
Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8 at Balmoral. Her funeral was held at Westminster Abbey on September 19.
The day after the funeral, the daily amount of correspondence peaked at 6,500, Buckingham Palace said.
Before the Queen’s death, Buckingham Palace would have expected to receive up to 1,000 letters a week from members of the public.
The Queen’s death certificate, released by National Records of Scotland earlier this week, shows she died from old age.
In the wake of her passing, thousands of tributes to the Queen, including flowers and cards, were left at Sandringham, Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and Balmoral.
Prince William said he felt “choked up” after spotting a Paddington bear among the floral tributes to the former monarch.
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The Prince of Wales made the comments on a visit to Windsor’s Guildhall, where he met with volunteers and operational staff involved in facilitating the committal service for Queen Elizabeth II.
The service was held on Monday afternoon at St. George’s Chapel. The unsung heroes worked behind the scenes on the day itself and in the run-up to the service to arrange portaloos, bins, road signs and move flowers among other duties.
Kate and William were both dressed in black outfits for the engagement, as the visit took place during the seven-day period of royal mourning.