Saturday, 23 June 2018

King Albert of Belgium - Surgery Reply (2018)

A reply arrived earlier this week from Belgium.

I had written in April to King Albert (83 yrs, abdicated 2013) to wish him a speedy recovery. King Albert was hospitalized twice in April as the doctors dealt with his Aortic Stenosis (narrowing of the heart valve). King Albert had two surgeries:
  • April 16th - Coronary Angioplasty, where they insert a stent to open clogged heart arteries
  • April 30th - Replaced aortic valve (heart valve) 
The front of the Envelope says it is from Belvédère Castle, King Albert & Queen Paola's official residence.


The reply is a flat card with typed message.


The message is in French, one of Belgium's official language. Translated the message reads:

Belvédère Castle
May 2018
His Majesty King Albert II was very touched by your attention and thank you wholeheartedly for your wishes for a speedy recovery.

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Tuesday, 19 June 2018

King Willem-Alexander & Queen Maxima - Birthday Reply (2018)

I have two replies to share today. They both came a few weeks ago. And I was a little too lazy at the time to write a blog post about them. (I hope you can forgive me.)

Both replies came in the typical envelope from the Netherland royals.


The first reply is from King Willem-Alexander for the letter I send for his birthday in April. The reply is exactly the same as previous years. At the top is his W/A Monogram.



The 2nd reply is from Queen Máxima for the letter I send for her birthday in May. The reply is exactly the same as previous years. At the top is her M Monogram.


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Monday, 11 June 2018

Princess Charlotte of Cambridge - Birthday Reply (2018)

A lovely reply arrived today from the UK. I had written to the Cambridges last month to wish Princess Charlotte a wonderful 3rd birthday.

The envelope is the usual, Postmark from the Court Post Office at Buckingham Palace on the front.



And the Black Crown with Kensington Palace on the back, to mark this mail is from the Cambridges/Sussexs.



The reply is their typical postcard size photo, with typed message on the back. The photo is from Princess Charlotte's 1st day of nursery school back in January. The photo was taken by Duchess Kate at Kensington Palace.


The message on the back is similar to past years. You will notice a little mistake in the last line "who you send their best wishes." It should read "who send you their best wishes."


I was a little surprised by how quickly the Correspondence Section at Clarence House responded given how much mail they have received in the last month. 



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Monday, 4 June 2018

Letters to the Royals for Gert's Royal Readers

For years I've gotten emails, and direct messages, about what is the "proper way" to write to the Royals. What do I say? How do I format my letter? etc.  I've always avoided creating a sample letter (or card) because there are a million different ways you can do this.

But I've finally caved and decided to create a post highlighting some of the different styles. And I am asking you all for submissions. So if you have a photo of a letter or card you sent, and you want to share it with other:

Email me at gertsroyals@gmail.com or Direct Message me on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. 

I will pick a few of the best that represent a range of styles for the more formal to informal, personal, creative, long, short, etc. And I will remove any sensitive personal information like your address, last name, (First name too if you want), etc.

Thank You in advance for your submissions! 

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Here is my letter to Prince Carl Philip & Princess Sofia of Sweden from 2017, when they announced they were expecting their 2nd child (Prince Gabriel). I hand wrote "Dear Your Royal Highnesses," & "Yours Sincerely, Gertrude Daly".

Here is a letter from a teenage reader congratulating "Prince Harry & Princess Meghan" on their wedding earlier this year. 


Here is a birthday card. 

Wimbledon 2018 - Royal Attendance

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2018 is set to be an exciting year for Royal Watching at the Wimbledon! 

Wimbledon (AKA the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club) will be celebrating two important milestones this year: the club's 150th Anniversary & the Duke of Kent's 50th year as President.

Royal attendance is not usually announced in advance (except for those there in an official capacity). But look out for: 

President/Patron: Duke of Kent (President of Wimbledon), Duchess of Gloucester (Honorary President of LTA), & Duchess Kate (Patron of Wimbledon & LTA)

Other Royals: Camilla, Sussexs (Hopefully), Wessexs, Yorks, Prince & Princess Micheal of Kent, etc.

Extended Family: Phillips/Tindalls?, The Kent & Gloucester's children, Middletons/Matthews, Camilla's sister, etc.

Foreign Royals: 
Varies year to year

The Royals almost always sit in the Royal Box at Centre Court. The day's matches in the Centre Court usually begin at 1 PM. 

For more on Wimbledon & Who is invited to sit in the Royal Box.


Monday 2nd July
  • Duke of Kent
Tuesday 3rd 
  • No royal attendance announced
  • (Duchess of Gloucester attended the British Tennis Awards at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club)
Wednesday 4th
  • Duke of Kent
Thursday 5th
  • Duchess of Gloucester 
Friday 6th
  • No royal attendance announced
Saturday 7th 
  • No royal attendance announced
  • [Usually Sports Persons & Members of Armed Forces in Royal Box]
Sunday 8th
  • Middle Sunday (No matches, unless they are behind schedule)
Monday 9th
  • Duke of Kent
  • Duchess of Gloucester 
    • (Attend President's Lunch at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club)
Tuesday 10th
  • No royal attendance announced
Wednesday 11th
  • No royal attendance announced
Thursday 12th  - Quarter Finals
  • No royal attendance announced
Friday 13th  - Semi-Finals
  • Duchess of Gloucester 
Saturday 14th - Finals
  • Duke of Kent
Sunday 15th - Finals
  • Duke of Kent
  • Duchess of Gloucester