YOUNGSTERS at a nursery held a party fit for royalty after receiving a letter from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

The children in the Robin Class at The Old Vicarage Day Nursery hosted their own royal party to celebrate the arrival of a letter sent from the private household of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Alongside the letter, the children also received photographs of the royal family, including one of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Kate and their children George, Charlotte and Louis as well as one of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Each year pre-school teacher Rachel Smith encourages her class to write letters to the queen and to other members of the royal family.

This year the children were hugely excited to hear they had been sent a response from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Miss Smith spoke about her royal tradition and explained other examples where children have sent letters to members of the royal family over the years.

She said: “We sent a big Christmas card to Buckingham Palace in December which all the children got involved with and then we received a card back with a lovely photo of Meghan and Harry inside.

“We organised the royal party to celebrate and we had party food at snack time with mini cocktails sausages and cakes then all the children made a crown.

“Everyone came in dressed up in something regal and a couple of the boys came in dressed as St George and the Dragon.

“We always celebrate St George’s Day in April and we have been reading stories about it ahead of our royal tea party.

“We always enjoy incorporating different cultural celebrations in to the curriculum at nursery, celebrating our own royal family underlines to British Value that we try to teach in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

So far in 2019, the Hartington Street nursery has celebrated Chinese New Year and during the course of the year we also celebrate festivals like Diwali, Eid, Hanukkah and Christmas.”