Queen Elizabeth Posts Rare Personal Message Over the Weekend—and Signs It ‘Elizabeth R’

Queen Elizabeth is congratulating athletes following the conclusion of the Tokyo Paralympics.

On Sunday, to mark the end of the two-week event, the 95-year-old monarch shared a rare message of support for those who participated in the games this year. The personal note was posted on the official Instagram account of the royal family alongside a photo of the athletes and their respective flags.

Her statement read: “I offer my warm congratulations to Paralympic athletes from Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and indeed to the athletes of all Commonwealth countries, on their enormous success at the Tokyo Games. The commitment, dedication and adaptability shown by you, and your support teams, during the exceptional circumstances of the last 18 months has been inspirational. Your performances have lifted the nation and your triumphs been celebrated by us all. I send my very best wishes to all those who have contributed to the success of these memorable Games.”

She simply signed the note, “ELIZABETH R.”

Her Majesty isn’t the only one who has sent congratulatory messages to Team Great Britain. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Anne released personal statements praising the Olympic athletes. In fact, the Princess Royal penned a note to the chairman of the British Olympic Association (of which she is Patron), Sir Hugh Robertson. The full message was shared on the official royal family website, while a portion of it was posted on Instagram.

“My sincere congratulations to you as Chairman, Mark England as Chef d’Equippe and all the athletes, coaches and trainers, and the staff in support roles, for an excellent Team GB performance in the Tokyo Olympics,” part of the statement read.

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