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A North Dakota woman wrote to Queen Elizabeth II sharing the same birthday as Her Majesty for the past 70 years.
Adele Hankey of Park River, North Dakota, said she would “miss” her pen pal after the Queen died last week at the age of 96.
The letter exchange was “very important” for Adele, her niece Phyllis Hankey told Fox News Digital.
Both Queen Elizabeth II and her American penman were born on April 21, 1926.
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In 1953, Hankey crowned the Queen for the first time when she was crowned.
Phyllis remarked, “They’ve been kind of…pen buddies ever since my aunt sent them a congratulatory letter.”
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Phyllis helped send letters to her aunt over the years. “I’m the one who … made sure it got in the mailbox … these later years,” explained Phyllis, as her aunt has been unable to drive until recently because of her age. “It’s so important to him to get it in the mail, and then he’s very looking forward to waiting for it back.”
Phyllis continued to say that the Queen’s letter stationery was “too fancy” whenever her aunt received mail from Her Majesty.
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Seven decades later, Adele said she was saddened by the news of the Queen’s death.
“Oh, of course. You miss your pen pals,” Adele said according to KFYR.
Hankey explained that his letter exchange with the Queen had become a birthday tradition, and he was overjoyed when he first received a letter from Her Majesty.
“I could jump out of my shoes,” she told the media outlet.
The North Dakota woman reflected on her writing techniques to Her Majesty and said she always got a royal letter back.
“We had a teacher at school who said make your L long and your E short. So, we did,” Hankey said.
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“I asked her for a hat. I was hoping she’d send me one. But she sent a cute picture on her birthday.”
Although Hankey does not remember how many letters were exchanged between him and Queen Elizabeth II, he went on to say that the two shared similar interests in their food preference.
“The dishes the queen loved were with marmalade. And so did I. How about that?” Hankey added.
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Queen Elizabeth II ruled the United Kingdom for 70 years. Her Majesty’s coffin lies in state at Westminster Hall ahead of her funeral on Monday.
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King Charles III ascended the throne after the death of his mother. She was the longest reigning British monarch.