A MAPPLEWELL man was overjoyed to receive a response to his Christmas letter to the Queen last week.

David Highway, of Valley Road in Mapplewell, said he ‘burst into tears’ when he received a Royal response.

The 62-year-old has written to her a few times over the past year - particularly since the death of her husband, Prince Philip.

The letter of thanks was signed on Queen Elizabeth’s behalf by her Lady in Waiting, Dame Annabel Whitehead, and thanked David for the ‘particular kindness and support’ he has shown in his letters over the past year.

He said: “I burst into tears when I received it.

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“I was so happy to receive such a message of goodwill.

“I mostly wanted to express my condolences to her after her husband died last year.”