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Slovak pensioner has royal connection

Borik

A royal letter bearing the seal of St. James Palace, the official residence of Queen Elizabeth, was delivered to Rozalia Vrtáková on August 4 at her retirement home in Borik. The Queen mother was congratulating her birthday contemporary - both women were born on August 4, 1900.

The correspondence began last year after Vrtáková wrote a letter to the Queen upon learning from a television show that they shared birth dates. Vrtáková, who said that Queen Elizabeth is her favourite person of royal heritage, enjoys similar celebrity status in Borik. She is healthy, always in good spirits, likes to sing and will grab any man who can dance. Furthermore, despite breaking her hand and leg in a fall last year, the bones have healed and she is up and on her dancing feet again.

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