Michael’s Message: A Corgi Painting for the Queen
Irmgard Doetsch came to Sequim from Germany in 2006. She enthusiastically joined Judy Priest’s watercolor art class. Judy says that Irmgard had natural talent and only needed advice now and then. Irmgard paints very realistic and beautiful images of nature, with animals being some of her favorite subjects.
After returning to her native Germany in December of 2010 to live with her daughter, Bruni, she resumed her favorite pastime of painting. She decided to paint a picture of a Corgi dog, similar to the Corgis that Queen Elizabeth II of England owns as her personal pets. She sent the painting off to The Queen as a gift with a nice note.
Irmgard was very surprised to get a reply from The Queen’s Lady-In-Waiting, Philippa de Pass, who is a personal friend of The Queen. (It is said that Prince Charles first met Diana Spencer at a party held at the de Pass estate. They were seated next to each other, laughed and had a pleasant conversation, and the Prince began dating Diana shortly afterward.)
Ladies-In-Waiting handle all correspondence for The Queen. The letter is on stationery from Sandringham House. From the official website of the British Monarchy:
Sandringham House in Norfolk has been the private home of four generations of Sovereigns since 1862. The Queen and other members of the Royal Family regularly spend Christmas At Sandringham and make it their office base until February each year.”
The letter to Irmgard, dated 23rd January, 2015 states:
The queen wishes me to thank you for your card with which you sent your splendid painting of a corgi. Her Majesty was very touched that you painted this picture especially for her.
The Queen greatly appreciates the affection shown to her throughout her long reign and messages such as yours give Her Majesty much pleasure.
I am to send The Queen’s warm good wishes to you for a happy and peaceful 2015.
(Signed) Yours Sincerely
Philippa de Pass
What a thrill that a painting from one of Judy Priest’s students may now be hanging on the wall at The Queen’s private residence in jolly old England! We are very proud of Irmgard for her talent and generosity. We also appreciate Judy volunteering to lead wonderful classes at Shipley Center, where students like Irmgard can flourish.