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A letter from Buckingham Palace

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As the Royal Family heads home from the hospital, it's safe to say they're receiving lots of well wishes from around the world. They'll definitely get at least one congratulatory letter from right here in the Tampa Bay area.

91-year old Vickie Schugg's always fancied the Royal Family. When the Queen of England gave birth to Prince Edward back in 1964, she couldn't help but pen a note of well wishes straight to the throne.

"I just told her, 'Congratulations, I'm so happy for you on the birth of your son," Schugg said.

Schugg never expected to hear back. She received a hand-stamped, royal correspondence from Buckingham Palace just a few weeks later.

Nearly 50 years later, the letter still surprises Schugg.

"It means everything to me because I think, they thought enough to answer my letter!" she smiled.

It made the Winter Haven woman into a major Royal Family follower. She was glued to the TV on Tuesday as Prince William and Kate introduced their bundle of joy to the world.

While she's put down her pen in her later years, Schugg says she's inclined to pick it back up to congratulate her royal pen pals once again.

"I will probably write and send her a congratulations on the birth of her son, too," Schugg said Tuesday.

Schugg doesn't limit her writing to letters. She actually used to be a professional journalist. Her columns and poetry's been published in the Lakeland Ledger and her hometown newspaper in Pennsylvania.

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