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Queen Wrote Letter to North Dakota Woman Every Year on Their Shared Birthday – She Misses Her 'Pen Pal' Now

Olawale Ogunjimi
Sep 21, 2022
08:00 P.M.
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  • Following Queen Elizabeth's death, many people, including Royal Family members, dignitaries, and celebrities, have paid respect to the late monarch.

  • A certain North Dakota woman greatly feels the demise of the Queen, who was her pen pal for seventy years.

  • The 96-year-old woman, who once asked the Queen for her hat, may wear one in honor of Her Majesty when she turns 100.

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Three months after her Platinum Jubilee Celebrations in June 2022, Queen Elizabeth passed away at her Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

The news of Her Majesty's death made the headlines hours after it was revealed that doctors were concerned about her health and demanded that she be placed under medical supervision. According to reports, she died peacefully while surrounded by her family.

Queen Elizabeth II tours Queen Mother Square on October 27, 2016 in Poundbury, Dorset. | Source: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II tours Queen Mother Square on October 27, 2016 in Poundbury, Dorset. | Source: Getty Images

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Since the late monarch's demise, countless tributes from millions around the globe have flooded in. However, Royal Family members have had some of the most poignant and memorable things to say about the Queen. King Charles III was one of the first to open up about Her Majesty's demise.

In his tribute that came hours after the tragic news, the reigning monarch noted that Queen Elizabeth's death was a moment that brought the greatest sadness to him and other Royal Family members. According to King Charles III, the Queen was a cherished sovereign and much-loved mother.

Queen Elizabeth II is seen at the Chichester Theatre while visiting West Sussex on November 30, 2017, in Chichester, United Kingdom. | Source: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II is seen at the Chichester Theatre while visiting West Sussex on November 30, 2017, in Chichester, United Kingdom. | Source: Getty Images

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Her death was a huge loss to the world, but King Charles noted that he took solace, knowing that many greatly revered Her Majesty.

After the King paid tribute, other members of his immediate family followed suit. In Prince William's statement, he described Queen Elizabeth as an extraordinary leader.

The Prince of Wales noted that although he felt saddened by his grandmother's demise, he was thankful for her. According to William, he and his wife were beneficiaries of Her Majesty's wisdom, reassurance, guidance, and support.

Queen Elizabeth II talks to guests at an evening reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps at Buckingham Palace on December 11, 2019, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II talks to guests at an evening reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps at Buckingham Palace on December 11, 2019, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

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Ultimately, William promised to honor his grandmother's memory by supporting King Charles in every way. Following the Prince of Wales's statement, William's younger brother, Prince Harry, took to the Archewell Foundation website to share his thoughts on Queen Elizabeth's death.

In his tribute, the Duke of Sussex celebrated his grandmother's life. He noted that the late monarch was looked up to and regarded due to her unwavering grace and dignity. Harry appreciated Queen Elizabeth for being a great example to the people around her. In his words (via Metro):

"And as it comes to first meetings, we now honor my father in his new role as King Charles III. Thank you for your commitment to service. Thank you for your sound advice. Thank you for your infectious smile. We, too, smile, knowing that you and grandpa are reunited now, and both together in peace."

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King Charles, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince George, Prince William, and Princess Charlotte stand on a balcony during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant on June 05, 2022, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

King Charles, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince George, Prince William, and Princess Charlotte stand on a balcony during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant on June 05, 2022, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Besides King Charles, Prince William, and Prince Harry, other members of the Royal Family that paid tribute to the Queen include Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

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Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, in North Dakota, a particular lady's reaction to the Queen's death has captured the attention of news outlets. The woman identified as Adele is in her late nineties but does not feel a day over fifty.

Camilla, Queen Consort, King Charle, Prince William, Prince George, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Harry, James, Viscount Severn, and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour on June 13, 2015, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Camilla, Queen Consort, King Charle, Prince William, Prince George, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Harry, James, Viscount Severn, and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour on June 13, 2015, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

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She is full of vigor and has an amazing sense of humor. Most importantly, she reportedly feels more sorry for the news of Her Majesty's demise than other people around her. Here are more details about Adele and her relationship with Queen Elizabeth.

Queen Elizabeth's American Pen Pal Whom She Exchanged Letters With

Queen Elizabeth had her under-the-radar hobbies despite being the monarch for seven decades, including a pen pal relationship with Adele.

On April 21, 2023, Adele will turn 97, and for the first time in 70 years, she will be celebrating it without sending a letter to or receiving one from the Queen.

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Queen Elizabeth II arrives to greet the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani to her Windsor residence on October 26, 2010 in Windsor, England. | Source: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II arrives to greet the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani to her Windsor residence on October 26, 2010 in Windsor, England. | Source: Getty Images

Like Her Majesty, the North Dakota native was also born on April 21, 1926. This bond was the basis for their unlikely relationship when they began exchanging handwritten letters yearly.

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According to a report from KFYR, Queen Elizabeth and Adele's written communication started when the latter sent her first letter to Her Majesty shortly after she was crowned Queen. Adele's congratulatory message prompted the late monarch to send back a birthday card.

Queen Elizabeth II awaits the arrival of Turkey's President Abdullah Gul and his wife Hayrunnisa Gul at an official welcoming ceremony on November 22, 2011, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II awaits the arrival of Turkey's President Abdullah Gul and his wife Hayrunnisa Gul at an official welcoming ceremony on November 22, 2011, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

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Afterward, a relationship that lasted for seventy years began. During an interview, Adele mentioned that she would always write the Queen a letter on their shared birthday and always receive a note in return. The aged woman made it known that she had to perfect her penmanship due to the frequent letter writing. In her words:

"We had a teacher in school that said make your Ls long and your Es little. So we did."

Queen Elizabeth II poses for a photo after she recorded her annual Christmas Day message in the White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace in a picture released on December 24, 2018, in London, United Kingdom. | Source: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II poses for a photo after she recorded her annual Christmas Day message in the White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace in a picture released on December 24, 2018, in London, United Kingdom. | Source: Getty Images

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Adele further explained that in one of her letters, she had requested to get one of Her Majesty's trademark accessories, which is her hat but did not get it. Adele told the outlet:

"I was hoping she would send me one, But she sent a lovely picture on her birthday."

The bond between the duo continued despite never meeting and being about five thousand miles apart. Queen Elizabeth and Adele's shared birthday was only one of the few things the pair had in common.

Queen Elizabeth II arrives at St Paul's Cathedral for a service of Thanksgiving held in honor of her 80th birthday, June 15, 2006, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II arrives at St Paul's Cathedral for a service of Thanksgiving held in honor of her 80th birthday, June 15, 2006, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

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According to the American, they also shared a love for cooking and a particular fruit spread. While speaking to the outlet, the 96-year-old confessed that they would discuss their common interest in orange marmalade whenever they wrote to each other.

Ultimately, the pen pals' bond was second to none, which is why when Queen Elizabeth passed away, Adele was greatly saddened. The 96-year-old did not know how many letters she had sent to Queen Elizabeth but was certain she would miss the communication.

On April 21, 2023, Adele will turn 97, and for the first time in 70 years, she will be celebrating it without sending a letter to or receiving one from the Queen.

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Queen Elizabeth II watches from the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping the Colour parade on June 2, 2022, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II watches from the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping the Colour parade on June 2, 2022, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Nevertheless, she will never forget the woman who was her pen pal for decades. Meanwhile, Adele enjoys a happy life home with her family in North Dakota.

She is a writer best known for her cookbook and recipes and works for Dakota Country Magazine and Walsh County Records.

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