Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall have sent a letter to all of Britain’s postal workers to thank them for the vital role they are playing during the COVID-19 crisis. The letter “commends their dedication, resilience and hard work” and was addressed to ‘Everyone at The Royal Mail’.

Charles and Camilla presented the letter, albeit socially distanced, to Neil Martin, the couple’s local postman, at Birkhall, Aberdeenshire. The letter was collected on Tuesday morning when Charles and Camilla’s own post was delivered.

The letter said, “Receiving such a personal message at this difficult and anxious time can mean an enormous amount. We feel sure that a very large number of these special greetings will be treasured for years to come. They may even become a valuable resource for social historians in the future. Postmen and Postwomen are trusted figures in our local communities. They are a constant presence in an ever-changing world. For some people, they are a point of daily human contact; a friendly, familiar face.”

The Royal Mail has recently launched a ‘Thumbs up for your postie’ encouraging the nation to give a socially distanced thumbs up to your local postie as a way of saying thanks during this difficult time.

The letter concluded, “Today as many people – ourselves included – are obliged to stay at home, Royal Mail plays an absolutely vital role in keeping family and friends in touch with one another.”

The Royal Mail can trace its history all the way back to 1516 when King Henry VIII established a ‘Master of the Posts’ a position that was renamed Postmaster General in 1710. The Royal Mail service was first made available to the public by King Charles I on 31st July 1635.

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall recently led the nation in a two minute silence to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.

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