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06/01/2007 04:26 PM ID: 62803 Permalink   

Boy Releases Balloon Seeking Pen-Pal, Queen Elizabeth II Writes Back

 

4-year-old Tom Stancombe released a helium balloon in Hampshire with a note asking whoever found it to write back. Tom hoped it would find its way to a foreign country.

The balloon did not travel anywhere near as far as the small boy had hoped. It landed 32 kilometres away in Windsor Castle. The Queen replied to the letter via her assistant, and several letters were sent back and forth.

"I don't expect we'll get another one, but I think it's incredible they bothered replying at all," said Tom's father when asked if his son and the Queen would continue to be pen pals.

 
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  responded via her assistant?  
 
What the hell...is she really old or something? (i could care LESS about the royal family) just sit in front of a desk and write a damn letter.
 
  by: RyanB     06/01/2007 05:03 PM     
  SHE'S THE QUEEN  
 
I think it's fantastic she did that! They have come down a few pegs since dear Diana.
 
  by: reehaw     06/01/2007 06:51 PM     
  SHE'S THE QUEEN  
 
Exactly. And queens mean squat to us Americans, so we have trouble understanding why she's too important to just write back.

If it were bush, we'd expect a letter with tons of misspellings AT THE LEAST.

-np-
 
  by: NicPre     06/01/2007 07:21 PM     
  @ NicPre  
 
"If it were bush, we'd expect a letter with tons of misspellings AT THE LEAST." TEE HEE! Funny!
 
  by: reehaw     06/01/2007 07:23 PM     
  oh c'mon  
 
this is pretty special. Usually you have to turn 100 to get any sort of letter from the Queen
 
  by: JBish   06/01/2007 08:19 PM     
  Oh come on  
 
This is nice. Cynics can you go elsewhere please? Letters to small children and someone is already taking a dig at the Queen. She does nothing to harm anyone. She's simple tradition...that's it. If you had to look for some "reason" for her to exist think of the tourism and think of the fact that it keeps the "prime ministers" name "prime minister" and not "president". At least it tries to inject a slight humility into the leader.

Unlike George Yippekayyay "President" Bush.
 
  by: youreoverhere   06/01/2007 09:21 PM     
  Geeze  
 
It's a nice story folks. I'm American, and hey, I still get it. I don't know why yall are so bitter against the Queen. Imagine if we had someone respectable in a high position here in America and they did something nice for you. I like imagining
 
  by: seniorgato     06/01/2007 11:14 PM     
  @seniorgato  
 
For once, we agree. Imagine the kid's reaction when he found out it was the queen who ended up with his letter! And I think it's quite kind and warm-hearted of the queen and her staff to do this.
 
  by: l´anglais     06/01/2007 11:36 PM     
  America & The Queen  
 
As a history teacher in the US, having a British 1st cousin. I would suggest we are all bitter towards her because we came from the British and biased because of our teachings in school because of the American Revolution.
 
  by: Ransom1k   06/01/2007 11:51 PM     
  @Ransom1k  
 
Speak for yourself, pal. My people came to America from Ireland during the famine; I would have reasons to be bitter toward the crown for that, I suppose, except that I don't hold the British of today responsible for the actions of their predecessors.
 
  by: l´anglais     06/02/2007 01:59 AM     
  WHAT???? If It Was Bush!  
 
The boy would be jail facing terrorism charges!
 
  by: creep   06/02/2007 03:56 AM     
  When I was 5 or 6  
 
I sent a picture of Big Ben to the queen that I drew with crayon and said something along the lines of "im sorry about the King" because I knew there was no King present. A few weeks later, I get a letter from her lady-in-waiting, saying the queen sincerely thanked me for my drawing. Made my year. I'm a huge Anglophile now. Keep in mind that this was in the early 90's, way before the Diana incident. Always had a soft spot for England.
 
  by: datsuncaptain1     06/02/2007 05:13 AM     
  Nice story  
 
p.s. she's old, if she personally wrote to everyone who wanted her to write to them personally, she would probably disintegrate
 
  by: Fratley   06/02/2007 10:04 AM     
  And It Costs  
 
Nothing to be kind. :)
Great story.
 
  by: captainJane     06/02/2007 11:02 PM     
  At first I thought its was the QE 2  
 
or its crew that got the letter.
Heart warming story indeed.

Bravo! Jolly good! And et cetera
 
  by: Zmethod     06/03/2007 07:22 AM     
  @NicPre  
 
Actually I think Americans love royalty. Go to Buckingham Palace next time you are in London. Half the people outside are American!

Also notice how Americans voted for that winning father and son duo Bush I and Bush II. Are you really telling me that Junior was the most qualified American to be President?

Now wife of Clinton is running to be President! You guys are one step away from having a new royal family!
 
  by: ZCT     06/05/2007 03:26 PM     
  wait wait wati  
 
What do you mean by this phrase i keep hearing come up a lot.

"since the diana incident"

It's HRHs fault she died? Why is this always bought up?

I'm as proud of hell of my Queen, leave her alone and GTFO.
 
  by: koultunami     06/06/2007 03:16 AM     
 
 
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