Outpouring of grief for Queen as Royal Family flooded with more than 50,000 letters


The letters, received by the King, the Queen Consort and other members of the Royal Family, are currently being sorted by a “small but dedicated 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.

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The Royal Family has recieved more than 50,000 letters and cards in the wake of the Queens death (Image: Getty/Buckingham Palace)

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The letters are currently being sorted by a ‘small but dedicated Correspondence Team’ (Image: Royal Family/Twitter)

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 Palace shared pictures earlier today showing some of the thousands of letters (Image: Royal Family/Twitter)

“We did have a good look. It was the depth of flowers, not just here but at Sandringham too. It was really moving. We tried to read as much as we could [of messages with the flowers] but some were like essays, it was incredible.

“The children’s ones were very special to me. It’s the things you don’t expect that get you. Paddington got me quite choked up.”

He added: “The corgis and Paddington were in competition, at loggerheads! Paddington is a new addition; the corgis have been there longer.”

Kate and William

Thousands of tributes to the Queen, including flowers and cards, were left at Sandringham (Image: Getty)

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.


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