Pope Francis sent a
special message to the Queen at the weekend, whilst en route to
Canada, where he is making a pastoral visit until 29 July.
Aleem Maqbool, Religion Editor
for the BBC, revealed the personal message, which was shared whilst flying
over the United Kingdom.
The message, addressed to Her
Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, read: “As I fly over the United Kingdom en
route to Canada, I send greetings of good wishes to Your Majesty, the members
of the royal family and all the people of the realm. I pray that Almighty God
will bless you with his gifts of strength, joy and peace.”
Fans loved the greeting and
quickly took to comment under Aleem’s post.
The Queen and Pope Francis were pictured together at The Vatican back in 2014
“How thoughtful and
lovely,” one wrote, whilst another added: “How very sweet.”
The Queen would have received
the special message in Balmoral, where she is currently enjoying her summer
The monarch travelled to her
favourite residence last week and is likely to spend several months at the
estate. She will no doubt be joined by other members of her family during her
Her Majesty pictured during a recent visit to Thames Hospice on 15 July
The Queen usually travels to
Balmoral from mid to end of July and first stays at Craigowan Lodge – the stone
cottage which is located a mile from the main Balmoral Castle.
She will reside at the
seven-bedroom lodge until her main Scottish residence closes to the public on 2
August. The Queen tends to stay in Scotland until September/October time before
her royal duties resume.
Scotland is considered to be
one of the Queen’s favourite places on Earth; she and her late husband Prince
Philip even spent part of their honeymoon at Birkhall hunting lodge, located on
the estate, in 1947.
The Balmoral estate is where
the royal family can relax away from their usual royal duties and enjoy the
quieter life in the countryside.