Schools across Ripon are celebrating this week after receiving individual thank you letters from the Queen.
Some 3,500 pupils who signed cards to the Queen on her Diamond Jubilee were surprised to find their schools had received personal letters from Her Majesty’s Balmoral Castle.
The letters, written by Susan Hussey, Lady-in-Waiting, said that the Queen was deeply moved by the response to her Jubilee.
Coun Bernard Bateman, who organised the school greetings and also received a letter of gratitude, said: “Some of the comments we found on the letters were just out of this world. The way they have been written to the children is absolutely brilliant.”
The Queen’s letters were not sent until September 14, three months after the pupils signed their school cards.
Coun Bateman, who was Mayor of Ripon at the time of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002, said: “We didn’t expect to get anything, so we were very pleased and surprised.
“The Jubilee helped to bring people together and Ripon led the way in North Yorkshire - we showed how to be a community in Ripon.
“I thought the Jubilee was quite fantastic and receiving these letters afterwards has been just phenomenal.”
Pupils from schools including Ripon Grammar, Outwood Academy, St Wilfred’s Catholic Primary, Moorside Primary, Greystone Primary and Holy Trinity CE Primary signed the cards, which were hand delivered to the Queen by the Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Lord Crathorne.
Ripon Grammar Headmaster Martin Pearman said: “It was a very nice personal touch and a tremendous effort.”