When a young man took over his grandfather’s Christmas tradition, he was brought to tears by a personal letter from Queen Elizabeth II.
Every year since she ascended the throne in 1952, Andrew Simes’ grandfather would tenderly address a Christmas card to the queen.
When they eventually met at a reception in Turkey in 1972, the Queen skipped the usual formal introduction and handshake.
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“So it’s you who keeps sending me those lovely Christmas cards,” she said.
When his grandfather passed away at 102 years old, Andrew decided to continue the tradition. But shortly after mailing his first card, Andrew got a letter back from Buckingham Palace.
“When I received a letter from a different Simes this Christmas, I instructed my office to research your grandfather’s whereabouts,” the letter read. “Therefore it is with much sadness, I have learned of his passing and extend my condolences to you and your family.”
The message brought tears to his eyes when he received it nearly four years ago.
Andrew recently shared the story on Facebook as he prepared to leave for the post office with a bundle of Christmas cards, carrying on an unbroken family tradition.
(READ more at Andrew Simes’ Facebook page) — Photos: NASA; Andrew Simes, Facebook
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