A Hadleigh care home was honoured to receive a card from the King and for one special resident, the card was her ninth from the Royal family.

At 107 years old, nursing home resident Violet Honeybun, who likes to be called Bunny, received eight birthday cards from the late Queen and was proud to hold a card from King Charles.

Hadleigh Nursing Home received the King's message in response to the sympathy card they sent him following the Queen's death, which read: "Sorry for the loss of Queen Elizabeth II, your beloved mother."

The response, personally signed and including a photograph of Charles as a boy with his mother, reads: "It was so very kind of you to send me such a wonderfully generous message following the death of my beloved mother.

"Your most thoughtful words are enormously comforting, and I cannot tell you how deeply they are appreciated at this immense sorrow."

East Anglian Daily Times: Hadleigh Nursing Home received a card from King Charles.Hadleigh Nursing Home received a card from King Charles. (Image: Kingsley Healthcare)

Mrs Honeybun has a special link to the Royal family, as her late husband was footman to the Queen's cousin, Lord Lascelles, and part of the Grenadier Guards during the Second World War.

"When Lord Lascelles was married in Westminster Abbey after the war my husband and I were invited to the wedding," said Mrs Honeybun.

Home manager Alison Squires said: "The residents were touched and excited to have received a reply from King Charles.

"All our residents wanted to honour the Queen and her service to the country during their lifetime, so we are planning to plant a tulip tree - the Queen's favourite tree - in our memorial garden."

Alongside Mrs Honeybun, other residents also enjoy special memories of the Queen including Antonia Gales who attended a Garden Party in Buckingham Palace nearly 70 years ago.

"I was 25 when Queen Elizabeth met us both," she said.

"I curtseyed. Fred, my partner, was head of all councils in Suffolk and I think that is why we got an invite. Their food was excellent."

Meanwhile, Pamela Simmons said: "My son was in the military and we once got invited to attend a dinner where Royalty were present. 

"I was actually sitting next to Princess Margaret.

"I didn't speak directly with the Queen, but even from well across the room, I do remember how beautiful her blue eyes were."