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Thorns student receives royal seal of approval after winning coronation card contest

In a heartwarming celebration of local talent, Thorns Collegiate Academy student, Lola Beard, received a signed letter from His Majesty King Charles III, recognising her winning design for a card competition commemorating the King’s coronation in May.

The competition, initiated locally by Stourbridge MP Suzanne Webb, challenged students’ creative talents as they were tasked with crafting a card to mark the historical occasion of King Charles III’s coronation. The winning entries were then professionally printed and presented directly to the King.

In a surprise assembly at Thorns Collegiate Academy, based in Brierley Hill, Suzanne Webb presented Lola with a signed letter from His Majesty, commenting: “I was really honoured to surprise Lola today and present her a card signed by His Majesty King Charles and Queen Camilla.

“To win my coronation card competition was a great achievement but to receive praise from His Majesty is on another level.”

The assembly took Lola by complete surprise as she had no prior knowledge that the award presentation was for her, creating a memorable moment celebrated by her peers.

Lola commented: “Winning the competition was gobsmacking already but having a letter from the King was just incredible. As I read out the letter my hands were shaking, I couldn’t believe it and it still hasn’t fully sunk in yet.

“I’m still blown away and very thankful that I had the opportunity to do the competition.”

Manny Kelay, Principal at Thorns Collegiate Academy, said: “Lola’s remarkable achievement not only showcases her creative talent but also serves as a testament to the immense potential of our students here at the Academy.

“Lola’s accomplishment is a source of inspiration for all of us as we congratulate her on her well-deserved honour and look forward to witnessing more extraordinary achievements from our students in the future.”

Image caption: Stourbridge MP Suzanne Webb presents Thorns Collegiate Academy student, Lola, with letter from His Majesty King Charles III.