Boy Created a Word Puzzle to Help Entertain The Queen in Lockdown–And Was Thrilled to Get a Letter Back


An adorable seven-year-old boy created a word-search puzzle and sent it to the Queen the keep her entertained during lockdown—and was delighted to receive a letter back from royal staff.

Little Timothy Madders, from Billericay, Essex, was worried that the Queen may be bored or sad during lockdown, so created a happiness-themed puzzle to keep her busy.

In his best handwriting, the youngster had hidden words such as ‘happiness’, ‘love’, ‘family’, and ‘sunshine’ throughout his royal puzzle.

He was amazed when he got a letter back from one of Her Majesty’s ladies-in-waiting, thanking him for his kind and thoughtful puzzle.

The letter, dated July 3 and hand-signed by Philippa de Pass, reads:

“Dear Timothy, The Queen wishes me to write and thank you for your kind letter, and for the puzzle you have created especially for Her Majesty.”

“Your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated,” continued the letter. “The Queen hopes that you too are keeping safe and well in the current situation.”

Timothy’s mum, Jo Madders, said her son is always thinking about other people.

“He wanted to do something to cheer her up and he did it in his neatest handwriting,” Jo said.

“He kept saying to me not to send the original to anyone else because that was for the Queen.”

Timothy sent his word-search to the Queen at the beginning of May and said it took him about a day to make.

“It made me feel special and happy,” the boy said, of the reply from Windsor Castle. “I wanted the Queen to be happy, I was trying to think of what to do to cheer her up.”