The first set of royal 100th birthday cards have been sent to Brits after the service was suspended following the death of Queen Elizabeth in September.
Receiving a birthday card from the crown is a time-honoured tradition in the UK that was sadly suspended for around a month following the Queen’s death.
Now the cards are back in the post, with numerous recipients being veterans from World War II, the palace said.
Ruth Park-Pearson, from Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, turned 100 on Friday and received her “lovely” card, signed by both King Charles and Camilla, the following day.
The card read: “My wife and I are so pleased to know that you celebrated your one hundredth birthday on 21st of October 2022.
“This brings our warmest congratulations and heartfelt good wishes on such a special occasion.”
The card features a 2018 photograph of the royal couple, which Ruth thinks will look lovely displayed on her cabinet.
Ruth gushed: “I was like ‘my goodness me’.
“It’s lovely because it’s got a lovely gold cord through it with a tassel on the end.
“It really is a lovely card; I shall keep it very prominent so everyone can see it.”
Ruth, who was born in Glasgow, served in the Women’s Royal Naval Service (Wrens) during the Second World War when King George VI was on the throne, meaning that Ruth has lived through three different ruling monarchs.
“I was serving under her father if you think about it,” Ruth explained.
She added: “You don’t think about it at the time, it’s not until later you realise just sort of how old you are suddenly. You think my goodness me; I remember the old King.
“The Queen Mother was a very elegant lady.”
Ruth celebrated the momentous occasion surrounded by her six children, 13 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
Ruth said: “Everybody seems to have just gelled all together, you know, the cousins haven’t seen each other for years but they all just gelled nicely together.
“Even the young great-grandchildren were happy to be with one another.
“So it was a really happy day.
“I really had a wonderful birthday I have to say.
“So many wonderful presents and flowers, I could start a flower shop almost.”
Before her death, Queen Elizabeth is believed to have sent around 1.3 million cards across the world for various birthdays and anniversaries.
The tradition was first dreamt of in 1917 during the reign of George V, the late Queen’s grandfather.
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