Most of us have one celebrity or famous person we’d love have the opportunity to have an honest conversation with.
For me, one of those famous people is the Queen!
I would love to have a cup of tea and an honest conversation with her. Hear her life story in her own words!
She must have a ton of interesting stories to tell (that she probably can’t do publicly).
Obviously, I’m never going to have a chance to do with with the Queen, but I know I could always write her a letter and it won’t be long until I get a reply back.
Yes, you can actually be Pen Pals with the Queen (well sort of).
The Queen is a very busy woman, one of the busiest women in the world.
But that doesn’t mean the Queen doesn’t have time to respond to her letters, especially from 5 year old girls asking permission for a pet swam.
Most people believe that the Queen owns every swan in the UK. While it’s true she doesn’t own every swan, she does own some of them.
However the truth is often masked behind common misunderstanding.
But that didn’t stop this little girl asking the Queen if she could own her very own swan!
Lyndsay Simpson is a self confessed animal lover, who has her heart set on owning her very own swan!
She’s definitely not asking for much, is she?!
Litle Lyndsay wrote a letter to the Queen, asking for her very own swan, and promising to look after the bird at home!
That’s a big promise!
Lyndsay decided to write a letter to the Queen after her mother Jennifer Bax, 35, told her she owned all the swans in the UK.
Jennie Vine, the Deputy Correspondence Co-Ordinator (because the Queen is fancy enough to have one of those) write a lovely response back to little Lyndsay on behalf of her Majesty.
She was thanked for her request, and the Queen had taken a “careful note” of her comments.
However, she quickly explained that the Queen doesn’t actually own every swan in the country, a misconception dating back centuries.
The full letter reads:
“Dear Lyndsay, The Queen has asked me to thank you for your letter of 26th July on behalf of yourself and your friend, Nick, from which Her Majesty has taken careful note of your comments regarding the keeping of swans as pets.
“I should perhaps explain that it is a common misconception that The Queen owns all the swans in the United Kingdom.
“In fact, Her Majesty only owns mute swans and only exercises her right of ownership over swans on certain parts of the River Thames.
“Nevertheless it should be remembered that as native wild birds, swans now enjoy statutory protection under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981.
“However, if you are interested in finding out more about swans, may I suggest that you contact your local swan sanctuary, or the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) by visiting their website at www.rspb.org.uk.
“The Queen was encouraged to know of your interest in our native birdlife and thought it kind of you to write as you did.
“I am enclosing a booklet on Royal Swan Upping which you may find of interest.”
The letter went on to explain:
“Her Majesty owns mute swans and only exercises her right of ownership over swans on certain parts of the River Thames.”
The letter also said the Queen was glad to hear of Lyndsay’s love of swans, and the palace even sent her a booklet on royal swan upping. Which is an annual ceremony where the birds are caught, ringed and then released.
Jennifer (Lyndsay’s mother) who lives in Petersfield, Hants, said her daughter was delighted with the response.
The mom of one said:
“My daughter Lyndsay has always loved swans, and she has always asked me if we could have one.
“I told her the Queen owns them, and she suggested that if she wrote her a letter she might let her have one for the weekend.
“She told the Queen she would bring it back on the Monday after the weekend, so I asked her where we would keep it? She said ‘in the bath’.”
The letter Lyndsay wrote was written with the help of family friend, and neighbour, Nick Robbins, 31, and of course it was addressed to The Queen Buckingham Palace, with a first class stamp.
Lyndsay’s interest in swans comes from her regular visits to her local pond at The Heath in Petersfield, where she regularly feeds the animals.
“We go there often, and she always goes to feed all the ducks and swans. She just wanted to know if she could keep one.”
In response to possibly being sad at having to return the swan, Lyndsay said:
“No, I will just ask the Queen again if I could borrow it as I would have looked after it very well.”
I like her thinking!
This little girl is going to go far!
What do you think about Lyndsay’s letter and the Queen’s response?
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