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The Queen’s letter to Sydney residents locked in a vault until 2085

Queen Elizabeth II wrote a top secret letter to residents of Sydney, Australia – and it won’t be opened until 2085.

The monarch, who died last Thursday at the age of 96, wrote the correspondence back in 1986 to celebrate the restoration of the city’s Queen Victoria Building that same year.

Originally constructed in 1898 and named after the Queen’s great-great-grandmother, Victoria, the building is one of Sydney’s most iconic structures and is located in the heart of the city centre.

Queen Elizabeth II wrote a top secret letter to residents of Sydney, Australia in 1986. She ordered it sealed for 99 years, meaning it won't open until 2085.
Queen Elizabeth II wrote a top secret letter to residents of Sydney, Australia in 1986. She ordered it sealed for 99 years, meaning it won’t open until 2085.
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Attached to the sealed letter are instructions for Sydney’s Lord Mayor.

“On a convenient day of your choosing in AD 2085, would you please open this envelope and take my message to the people of Sydney,” wrote Elizabeth II.

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The Queen Victoria Building is located in central Sydney, Australia. A statue of Victoria can be seen outside the historic building.
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The Queen was Australia's head of state for 70 years. She visited the country 16 times. She is pictured during her last visit in 2011.
Queen Elizabeth II was Australia’s head of state for 70 years. She has visited the country 16 times and is pictured on her last visit in 2011.
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The content of the Queen’s letter is unclear, but it will likely thank Sydney residents for saving and refurbishing the historic building after it was nearly demolished to make way for a car park.

Back in 1986, a Malaysian company signed a 99-year lease on the building, extending its contract to 2085 – the same year the Queen’s correspondence is due to be opened and made public.

The letter is currently being held in a vault in a restricted dome area at the top of the Queen Victoria Building.

Australia is a Commonwealth country and Queen Elizabeth II was the country’s head of state for 70 years. During her reign she made 16 trips to Australia, most recently in 2011.

The Queen is pictured during a Royal Tour of Australia in 1970.
Elizabeth is pictured during a royal tour of Australia in 1970.
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Queen Elizabeth II died “peacefully” at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on Thursday after struggling with health and mobility problems for several months.

The body of the monarch will be flown from Scotland to London on Tuesday evening ahead of her funeral on Monday September 19.

Her death has plunged Britain into a long period of mourning, with hundreds of thousands of people paying tribute to her in the British capital, leaving floral tributes outside the gates of Buckingham Palace.

Two women hug next to a sea of ​​flowers in front of Buckingham Palace in London.
Tens of thousands of mourners paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth in the British capital and left floral tributes outside the gates of Buckingham Palace.

The Queen’s eldest son and heir – the new King Charles III. – has already ascended the throne, although his official coronation ceremony will not take place for several months.

https://nypost.com/2022/09/12/queens-letter-to-sydney-residents-locked-in-a-vault-until-2085/ The Queen’s letter to Sydney residents locked in a vault until 2085

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