The Queen gave a rare instruction to one of her ladies-in-waiting to reply to the concerned message sent by seven-year-old Timothy Madders. The sweet boy from Billericay in Essex contacted the monarch via mail, concerned she may get sad or lonely during the months-long lockdown she is spending away from her children and grandchildren.
To ease the Queen’s possible low mood, Timothy personally created a “happiness word search” featuring words such as smile, family, jolly and love.
The adorable seven-year-old sent his creation alongside a letter for the Queen, reading: “Dear Queen Elizabeth,
“You might be feeling sad or lonely during lockdown, so I though I could make a word search for you to cheer you up.
“Love from: Timothy Madders.”
The Queen, touched by the boy’s kindness, asked her confidant Philippa de Pass to write him a personalised thank you note, with which Timothy has proudly posed for the camera.
The royal letter read: “Dear Timothy,
“The Queen wishes me to write and thank you for your kind letter, and for the puzzle you have created especially for Her Majesty.
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“Your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated, and The Queen hopes that you too are keeping safe and well in the current situation.
“I am to thank you very much indeed for writing as you did at this time.”
The letter, dated July 3, was signed off my Ms de Pass.
Jo Madders, Timothy’s mum, proudly revealed her son came up with the idea of cheering up the Queen by himself.
She said: “He wanted to do something to cheer her up and he did it in his neatest handwriting.
“He sent it with a letter saying how she might be feeling sad or lonely because of lockdown… he picked happiness as a theme because he wanted words that would make people think of happy things as they did it.”
While the original copy of the word search was for the Queen, Timothy has allowed his mum to create copies to hand out to people.
Mrs Madders said: “He kept saying to me not to send the original to anyone else because that was for the Queen.
“He’s always thinking about other people.”
The Queen has been self-isolating with Prince Philip at Windsor Castle since March 19.
The couple haven’t met face-to-face with any of their relatives and are sharing their home in Berkshire only with 22 members of their staff, who became known as the HMS Bubble, working on a strict three-weeks-on, three-weeks-off rota to make sure the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh don’t get in touch with coronavirus.
The monarch’s loneliness during the pandemic was highlighted in mid-June, when she attended without any family members a revised version of the Trooping the Colour parade.
Despite being able to work only remotely and being in touch with her family only via phone and video chats, the monarch appears in good spirits every time she is caught by the cameras.
In early June, the Queen was photographed riding her 14-year-old horse Fern at Windsor.
A few days later, the monarch took part in her first ever royal engagement via video link.