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Thursday, Aug 13, 2020

Boy, 7, sent Queen a 'happiness word search' in case she was lonely in lockdown

A schoolboy sent the Queen a word search in case she is feeling ‘sad or lonely’ during lockdown.
Seven-year-old Timothy Madders created his ‘happiness word search’ with hidden words including ‘smile’, ‘family’, ‘holiday’ and ‘sunshine’.

The youngster, from Billericay in Essex, said his family had been making word searches during lockdown when he decided to design one for the Queen and post it at the beginning of May.

He wrote: ‘Dear Queen Elizabeth, You might be feeling sad or lonely during lockdown, so I thought I could make a word search for you to cheer you up. Love from Timothy Madders.’

Amazingly he received a reply from Windsor Castle thanking him for his thoughtfulness.

The letter, from one of the monarch’s ladies in waiting, Philippa de Pass, said: ‘The Queen wishes me to write and thank you for your kind letter, and for the puzzle you have created especially for Her Majesty.

‘Your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated, and The Queen hopes that you too are keeping safe and well in the current situation.

‘I am to thank you very much indeed for writing as you did at this time.’

Timothy said he had forgotten all about it and felt ‘very special and happy and excited’ when he received a reply.

His mum Jo Madders said he had written it in his neatest handwriting, adding: ‘It’s a good little word search.’

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