A hol­i­day fit for a royal

Bay News - - FRONT PAGE - By Re­becca Mauger news@baynews.co.nz

De­spite writ­ing to the Queen, Fred­die Mitchell is still not the big­gest roy­al­ist in his fam­ily. That’s his sis­ter Char­lotte, 12. Char­lotte is a big royal fan, she fol­lows the young roy­als on so­cial me­dia and is chuffed that one of the royal chil­dren also shares her name. But Fred­die, 10, was the one who came up with the idea of writ­ing to the Queen to ask if he could visit her when they hol­i­dayed in Eng­land on the off-chance she may re­ply.

Dad Grant thinks Fred­die has been want­ing to visit the palace as he’s a big fan of nice things. They have books on the roy­als in their tu­moetai home and Fred­die once said he’d like to see in­side it.

So Fred­diewrote a let­ter ask­ing the queen if he could visit as the fam­ily dis­cov­ered Buck­ing­ham Palace tours had fin­ished for the sea­son.

“We didn’t even know he had done it un­til he came out and asked ifwe knew the queen’s ad­dress,” Grant says.

Fred­die ad­dressed the en­ve­lope sim­ply to The Queen, Buck­ing­ham Palace, Eng­land.

He was “gob­s­macked” to find a let­ter for him six weeks later from the Queen’s lady-in-wait­ing thank­ing him for his let­ter and en­clos­ing in­for­ma­tion about Buck­ing­ham Palace.

Fred­die, Char­lotte and mother Leanna are having a month-long hol­i­day in Ire­land and Eng­land to visit grand­par­ents and sight­see. Grantwill join them this

week­end. Four nights will be spent in Lon­don and the fam­ily ex­pects to visit Buck­ing­ham Palace on Oc­to­ber 7 or 8.

They won’t be tour­ing the palace but are ex­cited at the thought of see­ing it and the chang­ing of the guard cer­e­mony.

Fred­die Mitchell was stoked to re­ceive a let­ter back from Buck­ing­ham Palace.

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