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The letter from Queen Ellizabeth II's office sending good wishes to the people of Drogheda.

The letter from Queen Ellizabeth II's office sending good wishes to the people of Drogheda.

Cllr Kevin Callan.

Cllr Kevin Callan.

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The letter from Queen Ellizabeth II's office sending good wishes to the people of Drogheda.

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Whilst Great Britain and Northern Ireland are still in a period of mourning at the death of their monarch Queen Elizabeth II, former Mayor of Drogheda Kevin Callan has fond memories of the correspondence he received from Her Majesty during is time in office.

The Independent councillor this week recalled a letter that was sent from Queen Elizabeth’s office in reply to one he had sent.

“Back in 2011, I wrote as Mayor to the Queen and Prince Philip to acknowledge the effort they had made to come to Ireland and to help build on the peace process and to support reconciliation. I wrote the letter to London and it made its way to Balmoral as it was at this time of year where the Queen would be on vacation,” he explained.

“The response I received was not expected but was incredibly warm and extended best wishes to the people of Drogheda”.

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The royal correspondence, on paper headed with the seal of Balmoral Castle, was dates August 20th 2011, and was from Edward Young, who at the time was the deputy Private Secretary to the Queen.

The typed letter stated: 

“The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have asked me to thank you for your letter of August 8th, following their historic visit to Ireland in May.

"Her Majesty and His Royal Highness much appreciated your kind words and, in return, I am to convey the Queen’s and the Duke of Edinburgh’s thanks and warm good wishes to you.”

As a footnote to the formal letter was a handwritten note, which said the Queen has also asked if you would kindly convey her good wishes to the people of Drogheda.

"I honestly never expected to get a response, and it was a lovely gesture, especially on her holidays in Balmoral, and it is something I treasure and will remain in the council archives forever,” adds Cllr Callan. “In my view, she was an incredible role model and had an impeccable sense of duty, and what she did with her visit here had a fantastic impact.”


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