Queen Elizabeth II has reportedly written a letter that can’t be opened for the next 63 years. It is stored in a vault in the Queen Vicotria building in Australia. The letter is for the people of Sydney. The letter has been in the vault for more than 36 years, as the Queen stored the note during a visit she made to Sydney in November 1986.
It seems like no one knows the contents of the letter, including the Queen’s personal staff. All that’s known is the instructions for opening the letter and the date when it should happen. The letter is addressed to the Right and Honorable Lord Mayor of Sydney, Australia.
The Queen Victoria building was opened in 1898. It was named after Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.
It goes without saying that the British monarchy is still the leading political force in Australia, as Dave Hurley, the country’s Governor-General, represents King Charles.
However, the country was close to becoming a republic in 1999 when a referendum was opened, and people from Australia were given the opportunity to decide if they wanted to prescind from the government of the British monarchy. About 54% of Australians voted against the change.
Queen Elizabeth II visited Australia at least 16 times during her reign. Her first visit was in 1954, only two years after she became the Queen. When she did so, Her Majesty became the first reigning monarch to visit Australia. Other members of the royal family have also visited Australia multiple times.
Princess Anne recently visited the country along with her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence. The couple visited different places throughout Australia during their stay, and Princess Anne opened the 200th Sydney Royal Easter show. It wasn’t her first time, though, as she did it for the first time in 1970 with her parents and King Charles, her brother.
Plus, Prince William and Kate Middleton had a visit to Australia scheduled in 2020. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen due to the events of COVID-19.
Only the future generations will be able to know the contents of the letter, as it will be read nearly the end of the century.
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