Down syndrome girl who sent painting to Queen Elizabeth is ‘over the moon’ after receiving an official reply
A 12-year-old girl with Down Syndrome who sent a painting to the UK’s Queen Elizabeth is over the moon after receiving a reply.
A talented artist with over 1,000 followers on Facebook where she showcases her work, Wanessa Bąkowska from the village of Lipka in the north of Poland had written a letter to the Queen and included one of her artworks.
In the letter Wanessa wrote: “Your Majesty, my name is Wanessa and I am 12 years old. I live in Poland, in the small town of Lipka.
“I have wonderful teachers and many friends. I have mum Karolina, dad Rafał, brother Alan and sister Nutka.
“I love them very much. I am a person with a disability and Down Syndrome. Nevertheless, I paint pictures.
“I would like to give you one of them, Your Majesty.
“The title of this painting is ‘Earth’. Greetings from Poland.”
The Queen’s Lady-in-Waiting, Lady Elizabeth Leeming, wrote the official response from the monarch on official Balmoral Castle headed paper saying how ‘touched’ the Queen had been at receiving the painting, which she described as ‘splendid’.
She ended by saying how the Queen had asked her to thank the 12-year-old for her ‘thoughtfulness for taking the time to write’ and wished her all the best for the future.
Posting on Facebook on Wanessa’s behalf, mum Karolina wrote: “Dreams are made to be fulfilled. Today I got a reply to my letter from Queen Elizabeth.”
The heart-warming exchange had been made possible with the help of Wanessa’s teacher, identified as Mrs. Anetka.
Bąkowska is a passionate artist who likes to incorporate a lot of different tools in the creation of her works.
In August the Labirynt gallery in Piła hosted an exhibition of her works and one of her paintings was shown at the Great Gala of Integration at the National Theatre in Warsaw last year.
Wanessa had been abandoned as a baby by her biological parents who didn’t want to deal with the challenges caused by a child with Down Syndrome.
She was adopted when 22-months-old by Karolina and Alan Bąkowska who had spent nine months learning all about the condition and how they could be the best parents possible to their new daughter.
The young artist has a litany of other health problems as well ranging from allergies, asthma, atopic dermatitis, muscle hypotonia to apnoea.
Her Facebook page which was established in May 2019, says that it displays: “Pictures painted by a disabled girl with Down syndrome who poured her inner beauty and sensitivity onto the canvas.”