For the past 70 years, Queen Elizabeth II exchanged letters with a woman she had never met in person who lives in Park River, North Dakota.

Adele Hankey, 96, born April 21, 1926, shares the same birthday as the late Queen of England, KFYR reported.

Hankey sent the first letter in 1953, the year Elizabeth was crowned. Since then, the late Queen sent Hankey handwritten birthday letters each year, making it a birthday tradition, according to the outlet.

“I could have jumped out of my shoes,” Hankey told the outlet. “I asked her for a hat. I was hoping she would send me one. But she sent a lovely picture on her birthday.”

Hankey told the outlet that the two never met, but shared a passion for cooking.

“The recipes the Queen liked were with marmalade. And so do I. How about that?” Hankey said.

Hankey told the outlet that she will miss the communication between her and her friend, the late Queen of England.

“Oh absolutely. You miss your pen pals,” Hankey told the outlet.


There’s a video portraying Adele Hankey receiving her Royal birthday card on KFYR