West Pinchbeck pupils get surprise royal thank you

Pupils at St Bartholomew's Primary School in West Pinchbeck hold their letters to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, pictured with teacher Rachel Cannon (back left) and teaching assistant Fran Illingworth. SG201015-142TW

Pupils at St Bartholomew's Primary School in West Pinchbeck hold their letters to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, pictured with teacher Rachel Cannon (back left) and teaching assistant Fran Illingworth. SG201015-142TW

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Pupils at a West Pinchbeck Primary School had a right royal surprise when they received a postcard from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge thanking them for the letters they wrote wishing the couple luck with the christening of Princess Charlotte.

Hundreds of well-wishers turned out to watch the royal family gather at Sandringham in Norfolk for the christening on July 5.

But the pupils in the reception class had been busy writing their letters weeks before, inspired by some new arrivals in two of their families.

Samuel Start had a baby brother, William, and Mylo Pullen (6) has also had a new sister, Kami.

The pupils wrote: “To your Royal Highnesses, I am writing this to wish you luck with the christening of your daughter, Princess Charlotte.”

Sacks of good wishes were sent to the Duke and Duchess from around the world and so the pupils were not expecting a reply.

Teacher Rachel Cannon said there was much excitement throughout the school when the postcard arrived on Monday.

It read: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge thank you for taking the time to write such charming letters on the occasion of the baptism of their daughter, Princess Charlotte.”

Miss Cannon said: “Everyone was really excited when the postcard came.

“The class decided to write the letters because they were inspired by two of the pupils who have had new arrivals in their families.

“They were really excited when the postcard came. We are going to frame it and put it on the wall.”

Meanwhile, Samuel and Mylo are enjoying getting to know the new additions to their own families.

Samuel said: “I like my baby brother.

“He can do a fast crawl now and he’s really cheeky.”

Milo said: “My sister is nice – I think she is a little princess, 
too.”