Touch of glass as Royston’s Tracy receives letter from Buckingham Palace for royal birthday gift

Tracy Stressing with her letter from the Queen

Tracy Stressing with her letter from the Queen - Credit: Archant

A Royston crafter has spoken of her delight when she received a letter from Buckingham Palace after she made a gift for Her Majesty.

Inspired by the excitement and fanfare around the Queen’s 90th birthday, Tracy Stressing of Make and Create set about designing a piece of fused glass as a present.

She’d heard that other people had not been contacted when they’d sent things off to Buckingham Palace – so was shocked when she got a reply from the head of state’s very own lady in waiting.

She said: “I was a bit surprised, a lot of people say they don’t get a response. It’s nice that she has.”

The letter read: “Dear Mrs Stressing, The Queen wishes me to thank you for your letter and for your gift of a glass picture you have made for Her Majesty on the occasion of her ninetieth birthday.

“The Queen was very touched you have given her a present and Her Majesty greatly appreciates your thoughtful gesture.

“The Queen sends you her good wishes and I am to thank you, once again, for writing at this time.”

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Talking about her passion for art, Tracy, who runs Make and Create workshops in the town, said: “I love working with glass and love making something that will last forever.

“Glass is not an easy material to work with, but I love it.

“I have loved glass ever since my parents had a Murano fish in a window and when the light shone through the window the whole room was filled with colour.

“I love teaching people and have a few workshops coming up in Glazed Creations.”

Tracy’s workshops will be held tomorrow, Friday, then on July 1 and July 8, from 7pm until 9.30pm in the Baldock Street shop.

All courses are £28 per person and bookings can be made via email at

Tracy also sells her work at No.3 Royston in Melbourn Street and has a stall every month at Royston Craft Fair.