Pen pals for 70 years! Queen shared same birthday and love for marmalade recipes with Adele Hankey from North Dakota

'Oh absolutely. You miss your pen pals,' Hankey said, acknowledging that she will miss her interaction with late Queen Elizabeth

Pen pals for 70 years! Queen shared same birthday and love for marmalade recipes with Adele Hankey from North Dakota
A North Dakotan woman became pen pals with the late Queen which lasted for 70 years. (Steve Parsons-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA: Adele Hankey, a native of North Dakota, became pen pal with the Queen in 1953. The fact that they both had the same birthday led to the development of this unique relationship, which lasted for 70 years, the same amount of time that Queen Elizabeth II ruled the country.

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Hankey wrote the late monarch her first letter soon after her coronation on June 2, 1953, according to KFYR. She was surprised to receive a birthday card from the Queen in response because they were both born on April 21, 1926. She told the publication, "I could have jumped out of my shoes." Hankey, who has a love for writing, has contributed to the Walsh County Press, Walsh County Records, and Dakota Country Magazine. She is also well known for her recipes inspired by nature and even has her own cookbook.

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The two Taurus women corresponded over the years, but in addition to sharing the same birthday, they also had an interest in gastronomy. Hankey stated, "The recipes the Queen liked were with marmalade. And so do I. How about that?"

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Hankey acknowledges that she will miss her interaction with the royal and doesn't have any knowledge regarding how many letters they exchanged over the years. "Oh absolutely. You miss your pen pals," she remarked.

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The late Queen's funeral will begin at 6 am (ET) on September 19 at Westminster Abbey. Industry analysts predict that 4.1 billion viewers from around the world will tune in and if this prediction becomes successful, this event will have the highest global viewership of any broadcast. The upcoming ceremonial event will usher in a "new age," according to TV analyst Carolina Beltramo in an interview with WatchTVAbroad.com.

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A long exposure photograph showing members of the public as they file past the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign's orb and sceptre, lying in state on the catafalque in Westminster Hall at the Palace of Westminster on September 15, 2022 in London, England. Members of the public are able to pay respects to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for 23 hours a day from 17:00 on September 14, 2022 until 06:30 on September 19, 2022.  Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
A long exposure photograph showing members of the public as they file past the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at the Palace of Westminster on September 15, 2022 in London, England.  (Photo by Danny Lawson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Beltramo said, "Such is the love and admiration for Queen Elizabeth II around the world that her funeral is destined to be the biggest live TV event in history. Generations of people across the globe won't have been alive the last time pomp and pageantry were seen on this scale."

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Beltramo added, "While it's a sad occasion, they can be forgiven for being enthralled by a spectacle that echoes throughout history. For that reason alone they'll be drawn to witness the dawn of this new age in their billions. No fewer than 4.1 billion people are expected to tune in on Monday to witness this historic moment as half the people on planet Earth pause to pay their respects." The entire memorial service will be aired live in the UK on BBC One, BBC News, and BBC iPlayer in addition to ITV's main and digital networks.

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