Birth­day wishes to Queen pay off


She might have just missed her chance to marry Prince Harry, but it didn’t stop Te Aroha sev­enyear-old Neikyla Younger from wish­ing her favourite monarch a happy birth­day.

Neikyla has al­ways been fas- cinated by the Queen and when she learnt that ‘‘Queen’s Birth­day’’ week­end was com­ing up, she wanted to send the Queen a hand-drawn pic­ture and let­ter to wish her well.

Her mum Michelle thought noth­ing of it and went to check the let­ter box one day and she had drawn her a pic­ture and writ­ten her a let­ter.

‘‘She had put it in our let­ter box think­ing it would be sent to her,’’ Michelle said.

‘‘Ob­vi­ously a seven-year-old doesn’t know how to send a let­ter, so I took it and sent it off not ex­pect­ing a re­ply.’’

But on Satur­day a re­ply from Her Majesty ar­rived.

‘‘I said to Neikyla there was a let­ter and she started read­ing it and was scream­ing ‘OMG OMG OMG’. She was so stoked and in shock.

‘‘She was buzzing about it all week­end and took the let­ter to her school Te Aroha Pri­mary School for show and tell.’’

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