Friday, 2 November 2018

November & December Q&A (2018)

Post your General Royal Questions & I will get to them as soon as possible. Questions about Writing to the Royals or Replies have been moved to our Q&A on Gert's Royal Replies

Question 1: Do you think Meghan Markle is having Twins?

Answer: I don't think so. There aren't any real signs suggesting that Duchess Meghan might be expecting twins. 

Question 2: Do you think Prince Philip will attend the Christmas day service with the Royal Family this year.


Answer: I think Prince Philip will definitely be at Sandringham with his family for Christmas. He wouldn't miss it. But whether or not he attends the Christmas day service depends on how he is feeling that day. 

Thursday, 1 November 2018

2018 Christmas/New Years Speeches

Most of European Monarchs give a speech sometime during the holiday season. We will link them here when they get posted, with an English translation, if they are not in English or subtitled. 

(All times are Local/London.) Times that are confirmed for 2018 are in Black. Times from last year are in Blue.
    Christmas Eve Speeches
    King Philippe of Belgium (Pre-recorded 1 PM/ Noon)
    • Video
      • Dutch
      • French
      • German
    • Text
      • Dutch
      • French
      • German
      • English Translation
    Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg  (7 PM/6 PM)
    • Video
      • Luxembourgish
    • Text
      • Luxembourgish
      • French
      • English Translation 
    King Felipe VI of Spain (Live? 9 PM/ 8 PM) 
    • Video 
      • Spanish
    • Text
      • Spanish
      • English
      • Basque
      • Calatan
      • Galician
      • Valencian
    Christmas Day Speeches 
    King Willem-Alexander of Netherlands (Pre-recorded 1 PM/ Noon)
    • Video
      • Dutch
    • Text
      • Dutch
      • English Translation
    Queen Elizabeth II of United Kingdom (Pre-recorded 3 PM)
    • Video
      • English
    • Text
      • English
    King Carl Gustaf of Sweden (Pre-recorded 7:45 PM/ 6:45 PM)
    • Video
      • Swedish
    • Text
      • Swedish
      • English 
    New Years Eve Speeches
    Queen Margrethe of Denmark (Live 6 PM/5 PM)
    • Video
      • Danish
    • Text
      • Danish
      • English 
    King Harald of Norway (Pre-recorded 7:30 PM/ 6:30 PM)
    • Video
      • Norwegian
    • Text
      • Norwegian
      • English Translation 
    Prince Albert of Monaco (6:30 PM?)
    • Video
      • French
    • Text
      • French
      • English Translation 

    Monday, 8 October 2018

    Netherland's State Visit to the UK

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    23rd to 24th October 2018, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands will make a state visit to the UK

    Monday 22nd
    • Fly into the UK
      • Greeted at Airport by Representative of the Queen 
    • Spend the night at Netherland Ambassador's residence
    Tuesday 23rd
    • Greeted by Ambassador's residence by Prince Charles & Duchess Camila
    • Official Welcome at Horse Guard Parade
      • Greeted by the Queen 
      • Inspect guard of honour
        • 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards
      • Carriage ride to Buckingham Palace
    • Lunch at Buckingham Palace
      • View items from the Royal Collection related to the Netherlands
    • Visit Westminister Abbey
      • Lay wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier
    • Visit Parliment
    • Visit Clarence House for Tea with Charles & Camilla
    • Meet with Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the opposition
    • State Banquet
    • Spend the night at Buckingham Palace
    Wednesday 24th

    • Breakfast at Mansion House, hosted by Lord Mayor of London
      • With Prince Edward & Countess Sophie
    • Visit UK-Netherlands Innovation Showcase
    • HMS Belfast & HNLMS ZEELAND and view collaborative navy demonstration 
      • With Duke of Kent (President of Imperial War Museum), Prince Edward & Countess Sophie
    • Visit Pop Brixton, a creative space for local, independent businesses and social enterprises
      • With Prince Edward & Countess Sophie
    • Meeting with the Prime Minister at No. 10 Downing Street
    • Farewell at Buckingham Palace

    Saturday, 6 October 2018

    Royal Attendance at Annual Diplomatic Reception (UK)

    Each year, in late November or early December, the Queen hosts a Diplomatic Reception for all the Ambassadors and High Commissioners to the UK (Court of St. James's)


    Royal attendance at Diplomatic Reception

    Royal 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
    Queen x x x x x x x x -
    Philip x x x x x x x - -
    Charles and Camilla x On Tour x x x Just Charles x x - -
    Cambridges x Overseas visit x x x
    Sussexs - -
    Andrew - -
    Wessexs x - -
    Anne + Tim - -
    Queen's Cousins Duke of G D&D of G and
    P& P M of Kent
    - -

    Monday, 1 October 2018

    October Q&A (2018)

    As always, post your Royal Questions & I will get to them as soon as possible.

    Question 1: I wrote to Princess Eugenie for her engagement in July. I know you're always saying that you shouldn't be worried even after six months, but I kind of am. I know people wrote late for the Sussex/Cambridge family events, but was wondering if that was the case for the Yorks or if it is unlikely I will get a reply. Do you think I should mention it in my wedding letter to her?

    Answer: First let me say, I usually tell people you shouldn't worry if it's only been 1-2 months. 1-2 months is a completely normal response time. 4 Months is usually the longest you will ever wait. Unless they are swamped with mail because it is a very big and important event. (When I know a Royal doesn't usually/always reply, e.g. the Wessexs, I assume by about 3.5 months of waiting I'm not going to get anything.)

    If you wrote to Princess Eugenie in July, it's been 3 months or less. So it's a little long, but not unexpected. The Royals & their staff take most of August off. So things pile up over the summer, and it takes them a while to answer mail from well-wishers. Unlike Clarence house, Prince Andrew does not have staff whoes only job is to answer mail. They have other duties they need to do, and reply to well-wishers when they have the time. I haven't seen any replies yet for Princess Beatrice's birthday in August. So, they are just a little busy right now. 

    You did write 6 months after the engagement, so they very well may not have any of the engagement replies left. So, it could be they are waiting to send you the wedding reply. 

    But I wouldn't mention anything in your wedding letter. I think it would be a little rude. I hope you are not just writing because you want some pretty reply but because you honestly wanted to wish the couple congratulations. 

    Question 2: I wrote to The Cambridge’s for the birth of Prince Louis in April and I also wrote for Prince William’s birthday in early June but I have not received a reply for any of them. Do you think I will get a reply?

    Answer: You will get a reply. Clarence House has just been very, very busy with all of the mail for the different events. I haven't gotten my reply for Prince Louis's birth either. 

    Question 3: Have you get an answer for the Royal Wedding from the Duke and the Duchess of Sussex or the Baptism of Baby Louis of Cambridge? And what means the little paper in the Royal letters? It is to say sorry because they can't answer fast.

    Answer: I haven't gotten my reply yet for The Sussex wedding, Louis's Christening or Prince Louis' birth. But I have seen other people's reply and some have included a little note, saying sorry for the delay. 

    Question 4: I have already sent my congratulations card to the Princess of York. I sent it to the Buckingham Palace Office. But I addressed the card to the princess. Will I still get an answer? 

    Answer: You will get an answer.

    Question 5: A few Q&A's ago I asked you if you thought Eugenie's wedding would be mentioned in the CC and you said you didn't think so. If you don't mind me asking why didn't you think so and why do you think they put it in in the end? 

    Answer: Way back then when you asked, I didn't think Eugenie's wedding was going to be the official public event it turned out to be. I did not expect it to be televised or to get so much much info from the Palace. I thought it was going to be a more private family event like Zara Tindall or Mike Philips's weddings, which were not mentioned in the CC.

    Question 6: Would it be appropriate to write to the Duchess of York about Eugenie's wedding? I have already written to Eugenie, but I really love Sarah and I was thinking about writing to her too.

    Answer: Yes, it would be appropriate. 

    Question 7: Do the royals mind if I write my letter in one of the country's official languages and perhaps make some minor mistakes because it is not my mother tongue (native language)? 

    Answer: The Royals aren't going to care about minor writing mistakes. What is most important is that they can understand what you are saying. 

    It is perfectly fine to write to a royal in one of the countries official languages, English, or the Royal's mother tongue/native language. I think all of those choices are perfectly fine and equal, so I would write in whatever you are most comfortable in and will be clear and understandable. 

    Don't feel like you need to write in the official language instead of English. For me, as an American, my English is great. There is no reason for me to write something messed up in another language when I can write in English. Although sometimes, I will include the phrase "Happy Birthday" or "Congratulations" in the official language.

    Question 8: Can the address on the envelope be written in all capital letters? 

    Answer: Yes, that is perfectly fine. And some places recommend it. At a minimum, you want to have the country name in all capital letters.