A five-year-old Catholic school boy has received one of the Queen’s final letters-one day after she died.
James McConnell from Newcastle wrote a simple letter in a hotel room to the Queen during a family visit to London during the jubilee celebrations in June. The message read: “Dear Queen, Happy 70th Platinum Jubilee. Thank you from James”.
On 9th September-the day after the Queen died- James’ Dad, Graeme, received a shock.
“As the bells were ringing across the country for the Queen, post came through the door. I could not believe it, but it was a card from HM The Queen with the post mark reading: Buckingham Palace 8.9.22,” he told the Universe.
In the card, a picture of the Queen was included, as well as a message, which said: “I send you my grateful thanks for your kind message on the occasion of the Seventieth Anniversary of my Accession to the Throne Elizabeth R 2022”.
“James was beaming and proud. I think we’ll get it framed for him so he can always keep it,” Graeme said.
The whole family were devastated to learn of her passing. However, James, along with Dad Graeme, Mum Ellen, 31, and his two-year-old brother Edward, were strengthened by their faith.
“We all got a bit upset. We’re all practising Catholics, so we do all believe in heaven. James will talk openly about the Queen living in heaven with Prince Philip now,” Graeme said, adding that it is a good opportunity to talk about death and the faith.
“When James was told he did not cry as the adults had,” he said. “He, with the powerful faith of a child, said “so she’s in Heaven now.” We answered: ‘yes, she would be because she was a good woman who loved Jesus’. Both of our children speak of the Queen as a living person in Heaven. This is a huge testament to the faith we profess. It is with this depth of faith that we should always hope at a person’s passing. Children really do possess the wisdom of Solomon.”
Graeme explained that James, like the whole family, always loved the Queen. “Once during the weather forecast on the TV, when the temperatures were displayed on the map of the UK, he asked whether the Queen would be warm enough. He also said he wanted to join the army when he is older so he could look after the Queen,” he said.
Graeme is hoping to take James and the family to London for the coronation of King Charles III.
Pictures: Graeme McConnell