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US woman reveals she became pen pals with the Queen for one odd reason

Charisa Bossinakis

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US woman reveals she became pen pals with the Queen for one odd reason

A US woman has revealed that the Queen and she were pen pals for the past 70 years, as the two shared the same birthday. 

KFYR reported that North Dakota native Adele Hankey sent her first letter to the late monarch shortly after she was crowned on June 2, 1953. 

To her surprise, the Queen wrote back with a birthday card, as the two were both born on April 21, 1926.

“I could have jumped out of my shoes,” she told the outlet.

Over the years, the two exchanged letters; however, the two Taurus queens not only had the same birthday in common but were equally passionate about gastronomy.

Credit: Fox News/KFYR/Peggy Hankey
Credit: Fox News/KFYR/Peggy Hankey

“The recipes the Queen liked were with marmalade. And so do I. How about that?” said Adele.

Adele is also an avid writer and has written for the Dakota Country Magazine, Walsh County Records and the Walsh County Press. Adele even has her own cookbook and is known for her wildlife recipes.

While she isn’t sure how many letters they exchanged over the years, Adele admits she will miss her communication with the royal.

“Oh absolutely. You miss your pen pals,” she said.

Credit: PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo
Credit: PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo

The Queen’s funeral will take place today (September 19) at Westminster Abbey at 11:00 am (8 pm AEST).

UK viewers can watch the event live on BBC One, BBC News, BBC iPlayer, and ITV's main and digital channels.

It’s even been predicted by industry experts that 4.1 billion people from across the globe will be tuning in as well. If they do, it will become the world’s most watched broadcast of all time.

While speaking to WatchTVAbroad.com, TV analyst Carolina Beltramo said the upcoming ceremonial event would mark a ‘new age’.

She said: "Such is the love and admiration for Queen Elizabeth II around the world that her funeral is destined to be the biggest live TV event in history.

"Generations of people across the globe won't have been alive the last time pomp and pageantry were seen on this scale. 

"While it's a sad occasion, they can be forgiven for being enthralled by a spectacle that echoes throughout history.

"For that reason alone they'll be drawn to witness the dawn of this new age in their billions."

She added: "No fewer than 4.1 billion people are expected to tune in on Monday to witness this historic moment as half the people on planet Earth pause to pay their respects.”

Well, it’s safe to say, the late monarch will definitely go out with a bang.

Featured Image Credit: Newsphoto / Alamy Stock Photo. Fox News/KFYR/Peggy Hankey

Topics: News, The Queen, UK News

Charisa Bossinakis
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