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Queen Elizabeth II | Queen Elizabeth II | Queen Victoria Building | Source: Getty Images
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Queen's Handwritten Letter Kept Away from Public Eye for Decades in Famous Building — It Will Be Opened in 2085

Oyin Balogun
Sep 17, 2022
03:40 A.M.
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  • Undoubtedly, the Queen who ruled for seventy years possesses a fascinating personality.

  • Queen Elizabeth II upheld years of traditions that placed the monarchy in a revered position— like keeping her will a secret.

  • Like her will, a handwritten secret letter is also hidden in a famous building.

  • She was mourned by all.

  • Her fans believe she left a farewell message.

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Queen Elizabeth II was the beloved Queen of England for seven decades. The entire world mourned the Queen's death, including family members and royal fans.

Expectedly, the Queen stayed true to the traditions of the crown even till death. However, despite the output of affection from millions worldwide, they will never know the content of the Queen's will, as the monarchy has kept its details a secret as her predecessors.

Queen Elizabeth II on March 7, 2019 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II on March 7, 2019 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

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Apart from her will, the Queen left one more document away from the world; this time, nobody, neither royal family members nor staff, knows its contents.

It is a letter drafted in November 1986 and was directed to the Sydneysiders following the rehabilitation of Sydney's CBD in Australia.

The Queen's handwritten message is enclosed inside a glass case in an exclusive area at the top of the Queen Victoria Building.

The Queen with her dogs on the lawn in front of Balmoral Castle, Scotland during the Royal Family's annual summer holiday in September 1971. | Source: Getty Images

The Queen with her dogs on the lawn in front of Balmoral Castle, Scotland during the Royal Family's annual summer holiday in September 1971. | Source: Getty Images

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It visibly bears the Queen's instructions, directed to "Right and Honourable Lord Mayor of Sydney, Australia". It is signed with the following instructions:

"Greetings. On a suitable day to be selected by you in the year 2085 AD, would you please open this envelope and convey to the citizens of SYDNEY my message to them".

The first time a council commissioned the QVB was in 1898, as an honor to the Queen during her Diamond Jubilee.

Queen Elizabeth II attends an Armed Forces Act of Loyalty Parade in the gardens of the Palace of Holyroodhouse on June 28, 2022 in Edinburgh, Scotland | Source: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II attends an Armed Forces Act of Loyalty Parade in the gardens of the Palace of Holyroodhouse on June 28, 2022 in Edinburgh, Scotland | Source: Getty Images

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A few years later, the building was almost brought down for civic engagement. However, by 1984, a Malaysian construction company with a lease restored the building.

Two years later, the Queen addressed a letter to the country's citizens, with no living soul knowing what she wrote. She instructed that it remains so until 2085, sixty-three years after her death.

For a long time, the English crown has been Australia's head of state. In 1999, a referendum signified that the people were happy to have the Queen as their ceremonial head.

Queen Elizabeth II smiles on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour alongside Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Prince Louis of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge, and Prince William on June 02, 2022 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II smiles on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour alongside Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Prince Louis of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge, and Prince William on June 02, 2022 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

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As a crowned leader, the Queen visited its citizens sixteen times throughout her reign. The country was plunged into mourning after the Queen's death was announced.

Less than two hours after the early morning announcement on their TVs, the country's Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, shared an honorary speech.

Later that day, the Parliament marked her death with a moving 96-gun salute. A round was dedicated to each year she lived.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Queen Elizabeth II at a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in Widnes, England | Source: Getty Images

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Queen Elizabeth II at a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in Widnes, England | Source: Getty Images

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Although there was no official time for mourning nationwide, the prime minister would attend the burial and meet with the new king, King Charles III, for the first time.

Upon his return, the Parliament House would host a national memorial service to mark a national day of mourning.

Queen Elizabeth II on September 6, 2022 in Aberdeen, Scotland. | Source: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II on September 6, 2022 in Aberdeen, Scotland. | Source: Getty Images

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The Sydney Opera House also honored the Queen. Louise Herron, the organization's chief executive officer, mentioned that Queen Elizabeth II witnessed the commissioning of the building in 1973.

The Queen Was a Fascinating Woman Even in Old Age

It would be intriguing to know what the Queen wrote in her secret letter, as she had an outstanding personality until her old age.

A few hours later, she was declared dead, and the number of royal fans outside the building increased. While they mourned the Queen, many confirmed that nature recognized the legendary ruler.

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Queen Elizabeth in Windsor, UK, on May 18, 2002 | Source: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth in Windsor, UK, on May 18, 2002 | Source: Getty Images

Despite being the stoic leader, also described as the royal who held the family together, she possessed some sense of stunning humor.

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The Queen was a lot of things to her family and royal fans, but everyone would agree that she could be dubbed the "best cameo star".

Many would recall that during the 2012 Olympics, the Queen surprised the world with her opening ceremony sketch, featuring Daniel Craig from the Bond film as James Bond in reality.

Queen Elizabeth II on October 20, 2018 in Ascot, UK | Source: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II on October 20, 2018 in Ascot, UK | Source: Getty Images

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Cottrell-Boyce, who worked with Danny Boyle, director of the mini-play, explained that the Queen had asked for a speaking role. However, Boyce admitted that "she didn't have a line in the script."

The Queen left a long-lasting impact despite the few minutes spent with the cast. Following her death, Craig shared a tribute to Her Majesty, expressing his thoughts and respect for the notable figure.

Queen Elizabeth II on October 26, 2010 in Windsor, England | Source: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II on October 26, 2010 in Windsor, England | Source: Getty Images

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Before her death, the Queen displayed another unexpected cameo appearance in honor of her Platinum Jubilee. This time, it featured her enjoying marmalade sandwiches and tea with Paddington, the English teddy armored with his signature blue raincoat.

Boyce also worked on the production with the Queen and maintained that the royal cast member was an impressive actress who did brilliantly on set and enjoyed herself.

Queen Elizabeth II on December 20, 2018 in King's Lynn, England | Source: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II on December 20, 2018 in King's Lynn, England | Source: Getty Images

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He explained that away from the Queen was an empty chair with Paddington only visible to the audience. However, she still gave "an amazing performance and a brilliantly timed comic performance."

The World Mourned the Queen

After moments of announcing that the Queen was in critical condition in her Balmoral residence, many Britons flocked around her home. A few hours later, she was declared dead, and the number of royal fans outside the building increased.

Queen Elizabeth II in Surrey, England, on June 4, 2011 | Source: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II in Surrey, England, on June 4, 2011 | Source: Getty Images

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While they mourned the Queen, many confirmed that nature recognized the legendary ruler. Some citizens corroborated a cloud formation resembling the Queen's silhouette.

Becky Luetchford shared a fantastic photo she took in Telford, West Midlands, shortly after the monarch's death. In the sky, an image that fit the Queen's profile, accompanied by wings and what looked like a crown, could be seen.

Queen Elizabeth II on October 14, 2021 in Cardiff, Wales | Source: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II on October 14, 2021 in Cardiff, Wales | Source: Getty Images

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Another woman named Alice shared what she believed was the Queen's side view in the sky. The image was photographed in Yate, Bristol. Alice maintained that her husband noticed the cloud pattern similar to the Queen's frame the day she died.

Apart from the shared photos, some mourners believe other signs appeared in the sky. Reportedly, a double rainbow appeared over Buckingham Palace a few seconds after the Queen's death. Much later, another rainbow was seen above Windsor Castle.

Queen Elizabeth II, Duchess Meghan, Prince Harry, Prince William, and Duchess Kate watch the RAF 100th anniversary flypast from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II, Duchess Meghan, Prince Harry, Prince William, and Duchess Kate watch the RAF 100th anniversary flypast from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

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A fan shared that the Queen left a farewell mark. The person claimed that the rainbow at Windsor Castle stirred an emotional effect, as the Queen sent her people a sign.

Another commented that a colorful pattern emerged in the sky "as the Union Jack is lowered to half-mast at Windsor." The fan tagged it a "remarkable image," concluding with a precise goodbye message to the Queen.

Truly, the Queen was greatly loved and adored by many and would be missed by fans, family, staff, and the entire world.

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