Girls brigade group gets royal thank you

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A girls brigade group has received the royal seal of approval for their generous offerings to the Duke of Duchess of Cambridge.

Members of the Billinge chapter came up with the bright idea of designing their own cards to send to William and Kate to celebrate the birth of Princess Charlotte earlier this year.

The artistic designs were then dispatched to the Royal’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk and after a short wait, a message from the Duke and Duchess was in the return post.

Group leader Susan Ayre said: “The girls were all very excited to receive a letter addressed from Kensington Palace, each one got a personalised letter with a thank-you card inside including a picture of the Duke, Duchess and Princess Charlotte.

“It was a lovely touch from them and all the girls were thrilled to receive something from the Royal Family and know their kind efforts were appreciated.”

Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, Duchess of Cambridge, was born on May 2 and was christened at the weekend at St Mary Magdalene church on the Sandringham estate.

The letter addressed to the group, which meets at Billinge Family Church on Crank Road, read: “The Duke and Duchess were most touched that you took the trouble to write as you did on the birth of their daughter, Princess Charlotte.

Adding: “Their Royal Highnesses are extremely grateful for the wonderful messages they have received and send you their warmest thanks and best wishes.”