What do you give to a woman who has everything? Christmas cards, apparently. A British man named Andrew Simes says that his grandfather had a long-standing tradition of sending a Christmas card to the reigning British monarch. Queen Elizabeth II was the recipient of said cards since her coronation in 1952, and in fact crossed paths with Simes’ grandfather at a formal reception in Turkey in 1972. “When it was his turn to be introduced to the Queen, instead of a formal handshake, she paused, smiled, and quipped: ‘so its [sic] you who keeps sending me those lovely Christmas cards,’ Simes wrote on his Facebook page. “Of all her subjects, Grandpa stood out (perhaps because he mailed his letters from Turkey), but what a memory and level of kindness on the Queen’s part. She even wrote him to congratulate him on his 100th birthday.”
Simes’ grandfather passed away in 2011 at the age of 102, and Simes took up the mantle of sending Christmas cards to Her Royal Highness. In 2012, he received a letter from Queen Elizabeth II that read: “When I received a letter from a different Simes this Christmas, I instructed my office to research your grandfather’s whereabouts. Therefore it is with much sadness, I have learned of his passing and extend my condolences to you and your family.”
Simes wrote in his Facebook post that he will continue to send the Queen an annual Christmas greeting. “I couldn’t fight back the tears then, nor can I fight them back every time I remember this story of two people who left a lifelong impression on each other,” he said of the Queen’s condolence letter. “Wishing you all a Christmas as magical as this story.”
See Andrew Simes’ post at Facebook.