MOST people who write postcards while they are on holiday address them to friends and family.
But three children from Catherington decided they wanted to write to the royal family during a trip to Italy.
Maia Reid, eight, wrote to the Queen, whilst her twin brothers Alex and Finlay, aged six, wrote to Prince George, who is third in line to the throne.
And the children, who all attend Kingscourt School in Catherington, were thrilled when they received a reply from the royal family through the post thanking them for getting in touch.
Maia said: ‘I was in Italy and I wrote a postcard to the Queen.
‘When I was at home Alex got a letter first and then Finlay got one. I was waiting for my letter and I thought it wouldn’t come.
‘And then one day I came home from school and there was a letter so I opened it and it was from the Queen. I was very happy because I waited for ages for it to come. I feel very special.’
Maia received a letter from the Queen’s Lady-in-Waiting who said the Queen was pleased to learn that Maia had a nice holiday in Italy.
Meanwhile the twins each received a letter sent on behalf of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. They were each given a souvenir photograph of Catherine, William and George.
The letter thanked the boys for taking the trouble to send their postcards, and they sent on their best wishes.
Alex added: ‘I feel very happy.’
Headteacher at Kingscourt, Jacky Easton, said: ‘I thought it was great fun. It was very inspiring of them.
‘It’s a lovely idea to write to the Queen. Anything that encourages literacy, writing and handwriting is fantastic.
‘It took them out of their normal world. I think it’s the first time anyone at the school has done anything like that.’
And Mrs Easton added it is positive to inspire children to communicate via a handwritten form.
‘Most children nowadays think that you only communicate via e-mail and text so to receive a letter in the post is quite special,’ she said.
‘They must have gone and posted it in the postbox which must have been special as well.
‘It makes writing fun. So often we have to write where it’s serious and it’s a bit of a chore. This brought fun back into writing.’