Then-eight-year-old Samuel Peter de Costa wanted to know how the Queen was doing when the pandemic hit, so he wrote her a letter
Not many people will receive royal mail from Windsor Castle. But for those who have, it’s sure to be a day to remember.
For Samuel Peter D’Costa, that day is February 4, 2021. At the time, he was a wide-eyed 8-year-old with a special mail in his hand — a response to a letter he wrote to Queen Elizabeth II. The 2020 pandemic hits.
The 11-year-old UAE resident said: “That’s what I think…no one advises me. I love Britain and everything about it. I’m fascinated by its history, especially the royal family.”
“I have read about the Queen and her children. In my letter I asked about Her Majesty’s health as I am writing this letter during the pandemic,” D’Costa told Khaleej Times.
He also wrote that he wanted to eventually study and work in the UK when he grew up.
“I love the history of Britain and the wonderful things this country has given to Indians…especially the gift of English, which we speak widely,” he said.
“The royal family also has an interesting family tree. Although I was a little confused as a kid, I’m really excited to learn more about them.”
the day you received the letter
De Costa vividly remembers the moment he received a letter from the royal family, which was written by the queen’s handmaiden, Susan Hussey.
“Frankly, I didn’t expect it. It was a real surprise,” said the Year 6 student at Pearl Wisdom School in Dubai.
Here’s a photo of the letter D’Costa received from Windsor Castle:
The letter read: “The Queen would like me to thank you very much for your letter. Her Majesty is delighted to hear that you and your family are staying safe and healthy under the current circumstances.
“The Queen thinks you can tell her about your interest in the UK and your ambitions to visit the country, maybe work here when you’re a little older.
“I would like to thank you for writing to Her Majesty the Queen and sending my best wishes to the Queen at this time.”
D’Costa and his parents were ecstatic. “I also told some of my close friends and they were shocked to learn I had a response from Windsor Castle,” the boy said.
Now that Queen Elizabeth is dead, he plans to write another letter – this time to King Charles III.
“I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to the Royal Family on Her Majesty’s passing. I know this day will finally come when the Queen leaves. But she lives in our hearts because she was the longest reigning monarch and a A much-loved queen who has served her people for seventy years,” de Costa told Reuters Kalij Times.
This child enjoys studying the diversity of human experience, cultures, ideas and traditions and dreams of becoming a historian.
“I love the theme, the history. I hope that like the Victorian and Elizabethan times, His Majesty King Charles III continues their rich legacy, and I know, he will be able to,” he said.