Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Send your Congratulations to Harry & Meghan for their Wedding!

The Royals absolutely love to get letters and cards from the public, and special occasions like a Royal Wedding is no different!

Writing for the 1st time?

If you are writing to the Royals for the 1st time (or want a refresher on the basics) check out our page on "Writing to the Royals." This post will only cover the specifics for Harry & Meghan's Wedding. 

& Just a remember international mail requires more postage than usual! 

When to write?

I would write after the wedding, as you may want to comment on the events, and your feelings about everything. And don't worry if you don't get your letter out right away. A week or two after the event is a very acceptable time frame to send your congratulations. (& honestly, given how much mail they are going to receive, a slightly latter reply is fine.)

How to Address the couple?

After their wedding, Prince Harry & Meghan Meghan will officially be known as "TRH the Duke & Duchess of ___." There are a lot of different ways you can address the couple in your letter, depending on if you want to be more formal and correct or more informal and every day. As long as you are being respectful and thoughtful, it is hard to go wrong. Here are just a few options:

  • TRH the Duke & Duchess of Sussex
  • Duke & Duchess of Sussex
  • The Sussexs 
  • Harry & Meghan
  • Prince Harry & Princess Meghan
  • Prince Harry & Duchess Meghan
  • Prince Henry & Princess Rachel 
  • TRH the Earl and Countess of Dumbarton/ Baron & Lady Kilkeel
    • Should you have a connection to the area where their lesser title is from
  • Etc. 
"Dear _," Line
  • Your Royal Highnesses
  • Sir and Madam
  • Duke & Duchess of Sussex
  • Harry & Meghan 
  • Etc.

Personally, I prefer the more formal approach and use "TRH Duke & Duchess of Sussex" on the envelope & open my letter with "Dear Your Royal Highnesses,".

I would avoid both:
  • Meghan Markle
    • She got married, she's a Windsor now!
  • Prince Harry of Wales
    • Children only use their parent's territorial designation until they get married or get their own title
The Royals won't be mad if you use either of these, but neither are correct post-wedding. 

Where to send your letter/card to?

Clarence House 
London SW1A 1BA

Why Clarence House, not Kensington Palace?

What to write?
Write whatever you feel like writing about. There is no one right answer. As long as you are being respectful and thoughtful, it is hard to go wrong.

You can send them a card or letter with a short, simple acknowledgement. Or you can gush about your feelings about the wedding and how amazing this and that was. (But do keep you letter to 1 page max!) 

Can I send a Gift?

Harry & Meghan have asked that well-wishers donate to charity in lieu of sending a gift. They have even recomended 7 charities to donate to, although you can choose instead to donate to another charity of your choosing. 

You can find details about the 7 chosen charities here

And yes, it is perfectly fine to mention in your letter/card that you made a donation on their behalf to charity. They would love to hear about it. 

What to expect?

Harry & Meghan are going to get hundreds of letters and card from well-wishers congratulating them on their wedding. While they would love to send a personal thank you to everyone, that is just not possible. 

Instead, they will reply with their usual postcard sized photo with a typed message on the back, like they did with their engagement reply.

Expect a much longer response time than usual! (I would expect at least 2-4 month, but it could even take as long as 6 months. And as always, they reply to letters as they get to them. So, just because someone got a reply, doesn't mean you will get yours in the next few days or weeks. It takes months to get through all the mail for a major event like this.)

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Sunday, 13 May 2018

Royal Wedding Live Streams

There are A LOT of Royal Wedding Viewing options out there: TV, Radio, Apps, online streaming services, etc. I'm just keeping this list to free, online live streams, you don't need to log into any sort of account for. We will be updating as sites post their live stream links. Should anyone have a link to another live stream, feel free to share it with us.

All times are for London/Windsor! (See our Royal Wedding Schedule with time zone converter for your local time.)
We aren't 100% sure all of these will be available internationally, as there are sometimes country restrictions. Live Streams in Foreign Languages at the bottom of the Page.

Royal Family
  • Live Stream Link (Youtube)
  • Available in:  International
  • Start Time: 11:00 AM London
  • Length: ?
  • Commentary: None

Sky News (UK)
  • Live Stream Link (Youtube)
  • Available in: UK, International
  • Start Time: 9:00 AM London
    • Note: Sky New's Live Stream is 24/7, so it will be showing other content before the wedding. 
  • Length: 6 hours
  • Commentary: Kay Burley, Anna Botting, Alastair Bruce
  • Live Stream Link (Youtube)
  • Available in: USA, International??
  • Start time10 AM London
  • Length: 5 hours
  • Commentary:  Robin Roberts (GMA), David Muir, Paula Faris (The View)
    • With appearances by: Imogen Lloyd Webber, Victoria Murphy (Hello), Omid Scobie, Andrew Morton
PBS (USA) with BBC (UK)
  • Live Stream Link (Youtube)
  • Available in: USA, International??
  • Start time: 8 AM? 9AM? London
  • Length: ? 
  • Commentary: Meredith Vieira, Matt Baker, Dr. Lucy Worsley, Anita Rani
Global News (Canada)
  • Live Stream Link (Youtube)
  • Available in: Canada, International??
  • Start Time: 10:30 AM London
  • Length: ?
  • Commentary: Carolyn Mackenzie & Cheryl Hickey, Sangita Patel and Dawna Friesen
    • With appearances by: Emily Nash (Hello), Phil Dampier, etc.
People TV (USA)
  • Live Stream Link (Youtube)
  • Available in: USA, International??
  • Start Time: 11:00 AM London
  • Length: ?
  • Commentary:  PEOPLE Now host Jeremy Parsons with a panel of PEOPLE editors and reporters
New York Times (USA)
  • Live Stream Link (Youtube)
  • Available in: USA, International??
  • Start Time: 9:00 AM London
  • Length: ?
  • Commentary: 
  • Live Stream Link (Youtube)
  • Available in: USA, International??
  • Start time?
  • Length: ? 
  • Commentary: Gayle King (CBS This Morning) & Kevin Frazier (Entertainment Tonight)
Live Streams in Foreign Languages:
Bunte (Deutschland)
  • Live-Stream-Verbindung (Facebook)
  • Sprache: Deutsch
  • Startzeit:11 Uhr London (12 Uhr Deutschland)
  • Dauer: 3 Stunden
  • Kommentar: Thomas und Royals-Experteninnen Laura und Romy 
HOLA! (España, y otros países)
Tg5  (Italia)
  • Diretta Streaming link (Sito web)
  • Lingua: Italiano
  • Disponibile: solo in Italia
  • Ora di inizio: 11.15 AM Londra, (12.15 AM Italia)
  • Lunghezza: ?
  • Commento: Alfonso Signorini, Carlo Rossella, Cesara Bonamici e Barbara Palombelli
Metro (Poland)
  • Transmisja link (Strona www)
  • Język: polski
  • Czas rozpoczęcia: 10 AM Londyn (11 AM Polska)
  • Długość: ?
  • Komentarz: ?
CNews (France)
  • Lien en direct
  • Disponible en: France seulement
  • Langue: Français
  • Heure de départ: 10h00 Londres (11h00 France)
  • Longueur: ?
  • Commentaire: ?
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Thursday, 10 May 2018

Crown Prince Frederik 50th Birthday Celebrations

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Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark is turning 50 on May 26th. To celebrate this milestone birthday there will be a week of events in Denmark. Of course, the most exciting event will be the Gala Banquet on May 26th, which will be attended by a few foreign Royals.

May 26th - Gala banquet at Christiansborg Palace (8 PM)
  • Attending: 
    • Denmark Royal Family
    • Sweden 
      • King Carl Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel 
    • Norway 
      • Crown Prince Haakon & Crown Princess Mette-Marit
    • Other Foreign Royals
    • (Full guest list should be released the day of Gala)
Other Birthday Celebrations for Crown Prince Frederik's 50th:
Friday May 18th 
  • 25th Anniversary celebrations of the Crown Prince Frederik Foundation
    • Present Grants (2 PM)
      • Attending: Crown Prince Frederik
    • Dinner at Frederik VIII’s Palace (7 PM)
      • Attending: Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary
Monday 21st 
  • "Royal Run" in Aalborg, Aarhus, Esbjerg, Odense and Copenhagen/Frederiksberg
    • Crown Prince Fredrik will run one mile in Aalborg, Aarhus, Esbjerg and Odense and concludes by running 10 km through Copenhagen and Frederiksberg’s streets.  
    • Crown Princess Mary will run 10 km in Odense
    • Crown Princess Mary & her children will run one mile in Copenhagen
Tuesday 22nd 
  • Reception on the Royal Yacht Dannebrog for Crown Prince Frederik's patronages (2:40 PM)
    • Attending: Crown Prince Frederik 
Wednesday 23rd
  • Visit Aarhus (Denmark's 2nd largest city) for a day of engagements
    • Attending: Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary
Thursday 24th
  • Unveiling of Crown Prince Frederik's new portrait at The Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Palace (3 PM)
    • Attending: Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary
Saturday 26th 
  • Balcony appearance at Frederik VIII’s Palace for Changing of the guards (Noon)
    • Attending: 
      • Queen Margrethe 
      • Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary 
        • Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent, Princess Josephine 
  • Gala banquet at Christiansborg Palace (8 PM)
    • (See top of the page for details)
Sunday 27th
  • Attend DR’s birthday show “All of Denmark celebrates The Crown Prince”
    • Attending: 
      • Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary
      • Prince Joachim, Princess Marie

Queen Margrethe of Denmark - Birthday Reply (2018)

A reply arrived earlier this week from Denmark. I had written to Queen Margrethe for her 78th Birthday last month.

The reply is the typical from Queen Margrethe, a form letter written by Aide-de-camp. The message is the same as last year.

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Thursday, 26 April 2018

Prince Laurent & Princess Claire of Belgium - 15th Wedding Anniversary Reply (2018)

A reply arrived today from Belgium!

I had written to Prince Laurent and Princess Claire (King Philippe's brother and sister-in-law) to congratulate them on their 15th Wedding anniversary.

They replied with a typical Belgium Royal Evelope (or a typical as it can be given the many different versions). The front features a purple crown with Palais de Bruxelles/Palace of Brussels written underneath.

I love the fancy font of the address. It is something we see ocassionally from the Belgium Royals.

Inside is the typical flat card.

Translated the message reads:

Palace of Brussels 
Service of His Royal Highness Prince Laurent

Their Royal Highnesses Prince Laurent and Princess Claire thank you very much for the congratulations you sent them on the occasion of their fifteenth wedding anniversary.

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