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Students at Stanton Community Primary School receive letter from Buckingham Palace




One Year 5 class got a little more than they bargained for after receiving a letter from Buckingham Palace.

Oak Class at Stanton Community Primary spent last term studying the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings - including St. Edmund, and realised he was the patron saint of pandemics.

They also discovered St George never stepped inside England and felt St Edmund, having sacrificed his life for his faith, should also become a patron saint.

The Year 5 class at Stanton Community Primary School wrote to the Queen and the Archbishop of Canterbury and got a reply from both. Picture: Richard Marsham.
The Year 5 class at Stanton Community Primary School wrote to the Queen and the Archbishop of Canterbury and got a reply from both. Picture: Richard Marsham.

They sent a letter to the Queen with their suggestion, and at the end of June had a response from an assistant correspondent officer at Buckingham Palace, who said the Queen was 'touched' by the idea.

Freya Matthams, class teacher, said the class was 'absolutely thrilled' with the response.

She added: "The children would like to make it clear that we don't want to get rid of St George - some other countries have more than one patron saint, so why can't we?"

Elsie Day, 10, and Aiden Fulcher, 10, with the letters. Picture: Richard Marsham.
Elsie Day, 10, and Aiden Fulcher, 10, with the letters. Picture: Richard Marsham.

Oak Class also wrote to the Archbishop of Canterbury who sent them a letter response.

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