Great Wood Primary get royal thanks

Kelly Akister with Izabel, nine and Joe, nine from Great Wood Primary, their class sent letters and drawings to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their daughter Princess Charlotte, the school received a thank you letter from Kensington Palace
Kelly Akister with Izabel, nine and Joe, nine from Great Wood Primary, their class sent letters and drawings to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their daughter Princess Charlotte, the school received a thank you letter from Kensington Palace

A class at Great Wood Primary School got a royal surprise when they received a thank you letter from Kensington Palace after the birth of Princess Charlotte.

The Year 3-4 class sent letters and drawings to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their daughter but never expected to get a response.

When the letters arrived, marked with the royal kite mark, the children jumped for joy and couldn’t believe their eyes as they looked down at the royal signatures.

Miss Kelly Akister, who was teaching the class that day for Mr Hook, was too surprised to get a response so quickly.

Miss Akister said: “The children were elated, we got one covering letter and they all got their own envelope with their names on and the official stamp on the back, so they all tried to prise them open really carefully.”

The pupils, aged from eight to 10-years-old, congratulated the royals in the letter and expressed their joy and wishes for the future.

Mr Hook said: “It was lovely, it was fantastic to get a response and they were all really excited to get an answer. It was sort of a welcome to the world.”

Miss Akister said: “A lot of the children wrote congratulations but then they also explained their hopes for the future.

“So some children had wrote ‘I want Xboxes to be free’ and someone else talked about building houses for the poor.

“There was a couple of children who wrote ‘be nice to your sister’ even though she may be a pain.”

Miss Akister decided to involve the class of 31 after seeing the idea on the internet.

She said: “I saw it on the internet when Prince George was born that people did write letters and get a response so I thought it was a good project to pick up on their skills.

“I wanted to do it for a long time.”

Princess Charlotte was christened recently at the Church of St Mary Magdalene, in Sandringham.

Her Royal Highness was baptised at the Lily Font, with water from the River Jordan, by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte were joined by The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duchess of Cambridge’s family and godparents and spouses at the service.

Princess Charlotte was taken to church in a Millson pram, previously used for Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.

Mr Hook added: “I think to send something off and to get a response is really lovely. They were thoroughly delighted.”