QUEEN ELIZABETH II reads every single letter she receives from royal fans, a source close to the palace has claimed.
The Queen has a well-oiled system in place to make sure not a single letter addressed to her goes unseen. No matter who they are from and how they have been written, the Queen scrolls through the hundreds of messages she receives every day – and even makes sure important matters are dealt with by contacting Government offices when necessary, the royal source said.
Sitting on her favourite armchair in her royal palace, the Queen is brought the so-called “dead letters” in a basket to flick through, the source added.
They told The Sun’s Fabulous Digital: “The palace staff refer to letters from strangers are as ‘dead letters’ and they are brought to her in a wicker basket which is placed on a table in her sitting room next to her favourite chair.
“She goes through every letter – it may be a beautifully presented one, on lovely paper with calligraphy, or something scribbled on a page torn from a notebook.”
The Queen is believed to receive up to 300 letters every day as a member of the Royal Family and head of state.
This means that, while she can still manage to read all of them, it would be impossible for the Queen to reply to all of the messages she receives.
However, letters don’t remain unanswered, the source said.
They added: “Each one is acknowledged by an assistant private secretary.
“The important ones are dealt with by her private secretary, and the really contentious ones are forwarded to the Home Office.
“Letters from children get a reply from one of her Ladies in Waiting.”
The Queen’s aides follow a strict format to be able to reply to all the letters.
The source said: “They always start with the phrase ‘Her Majesty was most interested in your letter and has commanded me to reply…’”
Writing to the Queen about an issue can also bring results, the source added.
They said: “A letter to the Queen can get results.
“They are passed on with a note that ‘Her Majesty would like to know the progress of this matter’ and it’s amazing how swiftly the Government Department concerned springs into action.”
The Queen dedicates herself to reading letters all year round, no matter, where she is, on a normal working day at Buckingham Palace or while enjoying her holidays in Sandringham.
The Queen is expected to start her winter break this year on December 20.
The monarch usually travels to Norfolk between December 15 and 20 – but this year the timing of her winter break is dictated by politics.
In November, Downing Street announced Boris Johnson’s intention to have the monarch delivering the Queen’s Speech on December 19 if he retained his position as Prime Minister.
As Mr Johnson has secured a comfortable majority, the Queen is now expected to remain in southern England until at least next Thursday.
The Queen usually travels to Sandringham by train.
There, she celebrates Christmas with members of the Royal Family, who visit Sandringham between December 24 and 26.
Unless needed in London, the Queen then remains in Norfolk until February.