Lady Liberty Becomes Royal Mail

I love this sweet moment I captured between Jessica Viveiros-O’Donnell and her Fell pony Lady Liberty, who was chosen to adorn Queen Elizabeth II’s Christmas cards.  I visited the two lovely ladies on Friday with Newport Daily News correspondent Marcia Pobzeznik. Lady Liberty caught the eye of Queen Elizabeth when a photo of her frolicking in the snow in Tiverton, RI,  was on the cover of the Fall/Winter 2012 North America Fell Pony Society magazine “The Fell Pony Express.” When Jessica got an email from the president of the North America Fell Society, she learned that someone wanted to use the picture on Christmas cards and gave consent. It wasn't until she recently received an envelope with a gold “Royal Mail” stamp and a handwritten note from a secretary to the queen of England that she learned who had made the request. The note, on stationery from the United Kingdom Fell Society and the header “Patron-Her Majesty the Queen," read, “Please find enclosed complimentary pack of Christmas cards. Hope you like them. Thanks for letting us use the photo.”

You can read Marcia's whole story here.