Harry Crosbie receives a royal Christmas gift


A VERY special Christmas present from Buckingham Palace is nestling under the festive tree in developer Harry Crosbie’s home.

The gift was sent by Queen –Elizabeth II’s deputy private secretary Edward Young as a token of thanks to the entrepreneur for his involvement in the State visit earlier this year.

“The special concert at the National Convention [Centre] in Dublin . . . was truly a highlight of a visit full of highlights. Her Majesty was deeply touched and moved by the occasion, including memorable performances by –Westlife, the Chieftains, Riverdance, Mary Byrne, Eimear Quinn, Olivia O’Leary, Micheál Ó Súilleabháin, the National Symphony Orchestra, and many others,” Mr Young said.

“I am enclosing with this letter a small Christmas present as a token of thanks to you for your wonderful contribution to the success of the Queen’s State Visit to Ireland in May.”

The letter also thanked “all those who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to mount the production”. Mr Crosbie said he was “absolutely amazed” to receive the letter and gift. “I haven’t opened it yet. I have it under the tree for fun,” he added.

A spokeswoman for Buckingham Palace said all correspondence was private and not something she could go into detail on, when asked if others had received similar Christmas greetings.