By Ashley M. Casey
For the past four years, Karen and Jack Sushereba have been writing and illustrating books and stories for their 14 grandchildren’s eyes only.
But just before Christmas, the Susherebas decided to share their latest story with someone else — the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The idea came from a distant noble connection. Karen said an ancestor of hers had been dubbed a knight, so she and Jack shipped a copy of their self-published book “Special Moments” to Kensington Palace, where Prince William and his wife, the former Kate Middleton, reside.
“We said, ‘Why don’t we just send them a copy and see what they think?’” Karen recalled.
The book included several short stories, photos and drawings done by Karen. Jack did most of the writing.
Together, they created a fictitious tale about their granddaughter called “Emma Visits the Queen of England.”
A few weeks went by, and the Susherebas had not heard anything more about their gift to the royals.
But on Jan. 13, they received an envelope postmarked from Buckingham Palace.
“When I saw that it said ‘Buckingham Palace,’ I almost passed out,” Karen said of her excitement.
The letter was sent by Claudia Spens, MVO, head of general correspondence for the Office of Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales.
“Their Royal Highnesses are most grateful to you for taking the trouble to send them the copy of your book, ‘Special Moments,’” read the letter inside.
“It really was most thoughtful of you and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have asked me to send you their warmest thanks and best wishes.”
Karen said she has been “on Cloud Nine” since receiving the letter.
“I was just so elated that they took the time to do it,” she said.
Jack and Karen have written and illustrated more than 55 stories and 13 books for their grandchildren, working with an online publishing service to print the books.