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First Birthday Cards From King And Queen Consort Sent Out

The first batch of birthday cards from The King and The Queen Consort have been delivered to hundreds of people celebrating their 100th and 105th birthdays.

Several Second World War veterans were among the recipients of the first birthday cards from the royals.

Ruth Park-Pearson, who was born in Glasgow in 1922 and served in the Women’s Royal Naval Service (the WRENS), celebrated her 100th birthday on Friday.

The birthday card she received featured a picture of King Charles and Camilla on the front and their signatures inside.

The photo of the royal couple was taken in the summer of 2018.

Now living in North Yorkshire, Ms Park-Pearson marked the occasion surrounded by many of her six children, 13 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

Image: Ruth Park-Pearson holding one of the first 100-year-old birthday cards Buckingham Palace sends thousands of birthday and wedding anniversary cards each year to people celebrating their 100th and 105th birthdays, as well as to couples celebrating their 60th, 65th, 70th wedding anniversaries and every year thereafter.

During the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, she sent out approximately 1.3 million cards to mark birthdays and anniversaries across the UK, the Realms the Overseas Territories.

The tradition dates back to 1917 and the reign of King George V, when those celebrating their 100th birthday or 60th wedding anniversary were sent a telegram of good wishes from the king.