THE Queen has thanked the people of Havant for their kind messages during the Diamond Jubilee.
More than 200 people signed a message book that gave gratitude for Her Majesty’s 60 years on the throne.
The album was sent off to Buckingham Palace by Angie Rose, who runs Energie Fitness For Women, in North Street, Havant, where the book signing took place.
The first people to sign the book were the Mayor and Mayoress of Havant borough, Gerald and Elaine Shimbart.
To everyone’s surprise and delight, a letter, right, has been penned by the royal household.
The Queen’s Lady-in-waiting, Annabel Whitehead, writes: ‘The Queen wishes me to write and thank Councillor Gerald Shimbart, Mayor, and Councillor Elaine Shimbart, Mayoress, and the people of Havant for the book of messages which you have sent to Her Majesty on the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee.
‘The Queen greatly appreciated the sentiments expressed and Her Majesty was very touched by your kind thought in sending her this book which has given her much pleasure.
‘The Queen sends her best wishes to the people of Havant and I am to thank you again for messages of congratulations to Her Majesty in this, her Diamond Jubilee year.’
Mrs Rose, 40, said the letter means a lot. ‘I am chuffed to bits,’ she said.
‘I was not sure we were going to receive anything and it’s lovely to get something back. I just want to make sure it’s seen by everybody. It will be really nice to have it pride of place in our reception. We had so many people come to sign it and you could see they were all really passionate about the Royal family.’
Cllr Gerald Shimbart said: ‘It’s lovely that people are being recognised. It’s nice to be appreciated.’
The congregations of three churches in Waterlooville – St George’s and the Baptist and Roman Catholic churches – also signed their own book and this was sent to Buckingham Palace.
Mayoress Shimbart added: ‘I am sure in time we will get one for the three churches. She must have been inundated with letters and albums.
‘It’s very encouraging to have a response from the Royal household.’