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Mackay and Whitsunday Life

King Congratulates Local Centenarian

Gladys Smart turned 100 on November 6, 2022.

Mackay Life featured Gladys’ story on December 2, 2022, telling of her celebrations with family and the congratulations she received.

While Gladys received special messages from the Prime Minister, Premier, Governor of Queensland, Governor General and local members, it wasn’t until earlier this year that she received the most anticipated congratulations.

“My wife and I were so pleased to know that you celebrated your one hundredth birthday on 6th November, 2022,” read a letter from King Charles.

“This brings our warmest congratulations and heartfelt good wishes on such a special occasion.”

The letter is then signed by the king and his wife Camilla, alongside a photo of the pair.

“Mum was so excited,” said Gladys’ daughter Beryl Ahern.

“It just completed the celebrations and we’re very happy about that.”

With King Charles acceding to the British throne on September 8, 2022, Gladys’ letter could well be one of the first to be received from the King in the region.

Gladys celebrated her milestone last year at Beryl and son-in-law John’s home in Mackay alongside 105 family and friends.

Gladys’ family has grown from her twins, Bob and Beryl, to now include seven grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and 23 great, great grandchildren.

Gladys Smart turned 100 in November last year

Gladys received a letter from King Charles earlier this year, potentially one of the first to be received from the King in the region

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