Completing any of the tasks in my 40Fifty charity challenge is a good feeling, but to tick off two in a day was both unexpected and fantastic!
I wrote about meeting Eorl Crabtree yesterday, but when I got home, there was an envelope lying on the mat postmarked Buckingham Palace. Naturally I presumed it contained an invitation to some afternoon tea party chez Elizabeth, or maybe news of my forthcoming investiture, but this is what I found when I looked inside...
I must admit that obtaining a letter from a member of the Royal Family seemed one of the more difficult challenges on the list—one that if I'm honest I thought I might have to attempt (possibly several times) before graciously admitting defeat.
But then I remembered a couple of photos that my parents had, of me as a seven(ish) year-old boy, standing outside York Minster and meeting the Duke and Duchess of Kent (who had been married in the Minster in 1961). As you can see, we got on like a house on fire, so armed with a copy of the pictures, I compiled my letter...
Price Edward, Duke of Kent is a grandson of King George V. He was seventh in line to the throne when he was born in 1935, but following the birth of Zara Phillips' daughter Mia earlier this year, the Duke of Kent, who is the Queen's oldest living cousin, is now thirty-third in line of succession.
Those who know me will be well aware that I am a staunch Royalist, and to say that I was thrilled to receive such a personal letter would be a major understatement. I'm not sure you could get a much greater contrast than a member of our Royal Family and one of rugby league's finest and most recognisable players, but I am indebted to both The Duke of Kent and Eorl Crabtree for making 16th April 2014 a memorable day... the day I completed two charity challenges!