Girl With Down Syndrome Who Sent Painting to Queen Elizabeth is ‘Over the Moon’ After Receiving Official Reply
Wanessa Bąkowska, a 12-year-old girl from Lipka, a village in northern Poland, wrote a letter to Queen Elizabeth and included one of her paintings. Bąkowska is a talented painter with over 1,000 followers on Facebook where she displays her work.
The letter written to the Queen said, “Your Majesty, my name is Wanessa and I am 12 years old. I live in Poland, in the small town of Lipka. I have wonderful teachers and many friends. I have mum Karolina, dad Rafał, brother Alan and sister Nutka.
“I love them very much. I am a person with a disability and Down Syndrome. Nevertheless, I paint pictures. I would like to give you one of them, Your Majesty. The title of this painting is ‘Earth’. Greetings from Poland.”
Queen Elizabeth’s Lady-in-Waiting, Lady Elizabeth Leeming, penned the official response to Bąkowska. She said the Queen was ‘touched’ to receive the painting, which she described as ‘splendid.’
She concluded the note by saying the Queen asked her to thank the 12-year-old for ‘thoughtfulness for taking the time to write’ and wished her all the best for the future.
The girl’s mother, Karolina, wrote on Facebook on her behalf: “Dreams are made to be fulfilled. Today, I got a reply to my letter from Queen Elizabeth.”
Bąkowska’s paintings have been displayed at several galleries, including the Labirynt gallery in Pila, and the Great Gala of Integration at the National Theatre in Warsaw.
Her Facebook page was established in 2019 and says that it includes “Pictures painted by a disabled girl with Down syndrome who poured her inner beauty and sensitivity onto the canvas.”
Image source: The First News