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STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA On Wednesday, California Valley Miwok Tribe Chairperson Silvia Burley, received correspondence signed by Mrs. Dale Bone, Buckingham Palace Correspondence Officer, on behalf of Her Majesty, Elizabeth II, Queen of England.
Queen Elizabeth II
In response to an inquiry by Chairperson Burley to Queen Elizabeth dated August 25, the letter regrets that an autographed picture of Queen Elizabeth could not be sent to the Tribe.
“Her Majesty only signs for people who known to personally to her, who have given particular service, or in commemoration of a visit which she has made.”
"The California Valley Miwok Tribe is elated beyond words of receiving such a wonderful gift from Her Majesty, The Queen of England. The Tribe admires her beauty, her strength and her leadership. We shall forever honor her graciousness towards the Tribe, especially since Her Majesty took the time to read our personal letter to her,"
the Tribe said in a most gracious statement.
The Queen is Head of State of the United Kingdom and 15 other Commonwealth realms. The eldest daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (later to be known as Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother), she was born in 1926 and became Queen at the age of 25. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's coronation took place in Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953. The Queen is married to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on November 20. They have four children (Charles, Prince of Wales; Anne, Princess Royal; Prince Andrew, Duke of York; and Price Edward, Earl of Wessex), eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
The Tribe's statement continues:
"The California Valley Miwok Tribe and its membership find inspiration in Her Majesty, The Queen's endeavors, exhibiting a lifelong dedication of self-sacrifice and devotion to addressing and serving the needs of her citizenry residing within the United Kingdom and the countries of its commonwealth. We also are proud and honored that she found the time in her important schedule to receive and respond to our correspondence acknowledging the Chairperson and the membership of this proud but small and landless tribe."
posted November 17, 2012 6:59 am est