Red-letter day as queen springs a royal surprise
Eileen Groves and her newborn great-great-granddaughter Elizabeth, who was named in honour of the queen. Arthur Carron/Collins
A WOMAN was royally surprised when she received an unexpected letter from the queen, writes Fiona Ellis.
Eileen Groves (88), from Raheny, Co Dublin, wrote a letter in March to Queen Elizabeth telling her how much she was looking forward to her visit.
In it she told the queen her newborn great-great-granddaughter had just been named Elizabeth in her honour.
Then, at the end of April, an official-looking letter featuring the royal crest dropped into the letterbox.
"I was very surprised, I couldn't believe it," she said.
The letter was written by a lady-in-waiting on behalf of the queen.
Originally from Kerry, Mrs Groves moved to England during World War Two to work as a nurse. There she met and married her British sailor husband. They moved back to Ireland in the late 1950s.
"In my letter I told her I was born in 1922 and I have followed her life story all my life. She was a very good mother, and a very good woman," she said.
- In a poll conducted this week, 77pc of people here said they welcome Queen Elizabeth's visit, with just 12pc against.