Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip recently celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary on November 20th. That’s quite a milestone indeed, and to commemorate the occasion, the British Monarchy decided to share some of the letter the Queen’s father, King George VI wrote to her on her wedding day.
The letter will definitely leave you with a few tears in your eyes. Many of us view the Royals as a bit stuffy and lacking emotion, but this letter shows just how emotional a day it was for this father to give away his daughter. He begins by writing;
“I was so proud and thrilled at having you so close to me on our long walk in Westminster Abbey.
But when I handed your hand to the Archbishop, I felt I had lost something very precious.
You were so calm and composed during the service and said your words with such conviction, that I knew everything was all right.
I have watched you grow up all those years with pride under the skillful direction of Mummy…who, as you know, is the most marvelous person in the world in my eyes, and I can, I know, always count you, and now Philip, to help us in our work.
Your leaving us has left a great blank in our lives, but do remember that your old home is still yours…and do come back to it as much and as often as possible. I can see that you are sublimely happy with Philip, which is right, but don’t forget us is the wish of your ever loving and devoted…Papa.”
What a lovely letter from a father to a daughter. The King died just 4 years after the future Queen was married, but she will always have those words to remember him by.