Royal treat for Nicole

Councillor Mary Fleet (left) and Jan Palmer present Nicole Hunt with the royal letter and commemorative card.
Councillor Mary Fleet (left) and Jan Palmer present Nicole Hunt with the royal letter and commemorative card.

A CREATIVE schoolgirl had a right Royal surprise as she received a letter and Diamond Jubilee card from the Queen.

Nine-year-old Nicole Hunt was delighted when she was announced as the winner of a competition to design a Jubilee stamp at Throston Grange Library, in Hartlepool, earlier this year.

And after library staff sent the winning entry off to Buckingham Palace, Nicole couldn’t believe her eyes when she was sent a thank you letter from Her Majesty along with a Diamond Jubilee commemorative card.

Nicole’s mum, Nicola Rowbotham, 30, revealed the Throston Primary School pupil is now wanting to reply back to the Queen and even said she wants to become Her Majesty’s pen pal.

“She was absolutely chuffed to bits,” said Nicola, who lives in the Throston area of town and works as a nursery nurse at Rossmere Primary School.

“The library got in touch with us and said they had sent Nicole’s stamp off and they had received a reply, I couldn’t believe it.”

The letter which Nicole received reads: “The Queen has been touched by her wonderful response to her Jubilee and Her Majesty thought it was kind of you to send a copy of your winning entry in your library’s Design a Stamp Fit for the Queen competition.”

Nicole was presented with the letter and card by Jesmond ward councillor Mary Fleet and Throston Grange Library officer Jan Palmer.

Nicole said: “I never thought I would win the competition and to get a letter from the Queen as well is so exciting.

“I like the Queen very much and I am going to put the letter in a frame on my bedroom wall.”

Jan, who handed Nicole a Union Jack sewing cushion after she was announced as the winner of the competition, said: “Nicole created a wonderful stamp design which even included some sparkling stick-on diamonds.

“We are so thrilled that she has now received this special acknowledgement from the Queen, which we’re sure she will treasure.”