38 years after the Queen Mother’s surprised visit to Hinton Ampner in June, 1972, there was a confirmation from Windsor Castle of her handwriting.
(Follow this link to my previous blog post: Queen Mother’s letter: ‘a positive jungle’)
Here is a letter from Jill Kelsey, Deputy Registrar, to Hinton Ampner, on 16 August 2010.
“Thank you for your letter of 22 July and for sending the copies of the pages of the letter.
From the handwriting and the cypher I can confirm that the letter is from Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother but, unfortunately, I can find no record of the visit in any of the papers here, so I cannot give you a precise date for it. It is clear from Her Majesty’s letter that the visit was a last minute one, but I am still surprised that I can find no reference to it at all in our papers but at least I can confirm the writer.
Mrs Jill Kelsey,
I’m not sure why I was so intrigued, or even touched, by the Queen Mother’s visit. It was probably because of seeing her casual handwriting, imagining her joy of her surprised visit to Hampshire and also capturing her sense of humour in her letter.
Her visit would have escaped recorded history had she not written this pleasant, personable letter of thanks.
Credits: Some images from Shileyao