The Burgess Hill couple receive a card from the Queen on the day they die

A COUPLE have been brought to tears after receiving a card from the Queen on the day of her death.

Terry, 83, and Joe, 85, of Wilkins, of Burgess Hill, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with their family on Thursday with a takeaway meal.

Just half an hour earlier, news of Her Majesty’s death broke through the country.

Little did they know that a card had been sent by HRH the day before, congratulating them on their 60-year marriage.

Her daughter Claudine Phillips described the coincidence as “bitter sweet”.

Speaking to The Argus on Friday, Claudine, 53, said: “It was also my son’s 17th birthday so we had a big family takeaway planned for 7pm, we’re also having a party on Saturday.

The Argus: Terry and Joe Wilkins on their anniversary. Photo: Claudine PhillipsTerry and Joe Wilkins on their wedding day. Photo: Claudine Phillips

“Of course the announcement came at 6:30 p.m. and we had the card on the table, my parents didn’t know about it.

“It was really bizarre to be honest we were celebrating something so big but then half an hour before we heard the sad announcement I can’t even explain how it was very, very weird.

“My mother cried when she opened the card, she was so shocked.”

Claudine’s nephew had organized the mailing of the card by sending her marriage certificate and various other certificates.

Due to the postal strike, the family had feared it might not arrive on time.

The Argus: The map signed by Her Majesty. Photo: Claudine PhillipsThe card signed by Her Majesty. Photo: Claudine Phillips

Claudine, who had traveled to the celebrations from Dubai, said: “We had the table ready with all the gifts for the meal earlier that day and he was there with the rest of the cards.

“It was almost eerie how many people received a card from Her Royal Highness, signed by her, just half an hour after her death was announced?

“To be honest it was a bit overwhelming to have that affinity that day. I think we’re going to have a photo of Her Majesty framed for the table now for the party, it seems fitting.

“Everyone will be talking about it, everyone will be talking about it tomorrow, she touched everyone’s heart. So it feels like the right thing to do.” The Burgess Hill couple receive a card from the Queen on the day they die

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