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Every year, when the holiday season rolls around, Andrew Simes sends a Christmas card to Queen Elizabeth II and thinks of his beloved grandfather, Albert Alfred Simes.
It's a tradition that he carried on after his grandfather passed away at the age of 102 in the summer of 2011.
Albert sent a card to the queen every Christmas since 1952, and when they finally met at a reception in Izmir, Turkey, where he lived, she didn't give him a formal handshake. Instead, she said, "So it's you who keeps sending me those lovely Christmas cards."
"Of all her subjects, Grandpa stood out (perhaps because he mailed his letters from Turkey), but what a memory and level of kindness on the Queen's part," Andrew wrote on Facebook. TODAY reached out to him for additional comment, but didn't immediately hear back.
Albert even received a congratulatory letter from her on his 100th birthday.
"As a loyal grandson, admirer and student of his, I took it upon myself to continue writing our Queen every year to show our appreciation," Andrew wrote. "And I started that very first Christmas after Grandpa's passing."
A month later, in January 2012, Andrew received a letter postmarked from Buckingham Palace.
"When I received a letter from a different Simes this Christmas, I instructed my office to research your grandfather's whereabouts," Queen Elizabeth wrote. "Therefore it is with much sadness, I have learned of his passing and extend my condolences to you and your family."
Seeing those words coming from someone his grandpa looked up to seemed to have a big impact on the younger Simes.
"I couldn't fight back the tears then, nor can I fight them back every time I remember this story of two people who left a lifelong impression on each other," Andrew wrote. "And today, just as every year, I sent my Christmas cards... but top of the list was reserved for Her Majesty. Wishing you all a Christmas as magical as this story."