Monday, 26 October 2015

Prince George's 2nd birthday reply


I've been waiting for this reply for a while. I've seen a few people who have gotten their responses in the last few weeks and I will admit I was a bit jealous.

I immediately knew this was from the Cambridges, by Prince William's Wren Press Red Monogram on the back of the envelope. For British Royals when a couple does something jointly they use the monogram of the more senior royal. Other European Royals use joint monograms.

The response was of course for Prince George's 2nd birthday. It is the usual reply from the Cambridges: photo on the front and typed message on the back.

The one on the left is Prince George's 1st birthday reply and the one on the right his 2nd birthday.





I personally like George's 1st birthday reply better, as it is a bit more smiley and I think shows a little bit more of George's personality.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Three Replies Today!!

Today, I got three replies in the mail. Two from the Cambridges, and one from Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden.

The three replies are:

I have also seen a bunch of people get replies for Prince George's birthday, hopefully that will come in the next few days. 

Princess Charlotte's Christening Reply

Last but no least comes the 3rd reply of the day, Princess Charlotte's Christening!!

It's the usual Cambridge/Harry reply.  The picture is of course one of the official photographs taken at Sandringham after the Christening. The photo was taken by Mario Testino.



Nothing unexpected or unusual. I was pretty sure they were going to use this photo of the 4.

Prince William's Birthday Reply



Of the 3 replies I go today, this was the one I waited longest for, Prince William's birthday. He turned 33 in June. It is the usual reply for the Cambridge/Harry. A postcard size card with a picture on the front and a typed message on the back.

The picture on the front was taken by Victoria Dawe. And is from the video shoot for the Queen's Young Leader's video message William and Harry did early this summer. The video was released June 15th.

The Message on the back in is pretty much the exact same as the message from Kate's birthday this year, and Harry's last year.


Prince Carl Philip & Princess Sofia Wedding Reply

I was't sure which of my 3 replies I got today I was most excited about, especially seeing as how I had waited so long for them.



Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia (née Sofia Hellqvist) of Sweden married this summer in a very beautiful ceremony in Stockholm. I, of course, wrote to them to congratulate them on their marriage. And finally 4 months latter I received a beautiful reply from the couple.

The envelope is pretty standard for replies from Sweden. It does not have a monogram or cypher on the back, like you see with other royal mail.

Inside the envelope was a card. On the front of the card was the couples Joint Monogram. A lot of Royal Couples have joint monograms, British royals don't (they use the monogram of the more senior royal).

Inside the card was a typed bi-lingual message in both English and Swedish.

"We wish to extend our sincere gratitude for all the consideration shown to us on the occasion of our wedding. We highly appreciate your thoughtfulness. Carl Phillip Sofia"

The signatures were printed on to the card, not handwritten.

Also on the inside of the card was one of the Official Wedding photos (with their wedding date underneath).


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Other Replies

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Congratulate Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia on the announcement of their 1st child


We were so very excited to hear today's announcement from the Swedish Palace. We were not expecting this!!!

TRH Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia are expecting their 1st child!!!

If you are as excited about the news as us, you probably want to send them a letter or card to congratulate them. The address is:

The Prince Couple
Kungl. Slottet
SE-107 70  Stockholm
Sweden

You can also write Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia, but that takes up more space on the envelope. You can refer to them as Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia, or just Carl Philip and Sofia inside you letter. 

The birth is expected to take place in April of 2016. He or She will become 5rd in line to the Swedish throne, regardless of gender. The Couple married on June 13th this year.


When Carl Philip's sister Princess Madeleine and Chris O'Neill announced they were expecting another child in December, I wrote to congratulate the couple. I received a very lovely letter in reply with a picture of the family. You can see it here.

I also wrote to congratulate Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel on their pregnancy announcement in September and have yet to receive a reply.


Feel free to type or hand write your letter or card. You don't need to write something long and elaborate. A few carefully chosen words or lines can go a long way. The best letters and cards are always the most personal ones. If you have trouble getting your thoughts out on paper, try writing a poem or drawing a picture. Poems and drawings can often create the most heartfelt and touching notes.

If you prefer to send a pre-made card, be sure to write a little note inside yourself. This will make the pre-made card more personal.

Basic Information of Writing to the Royals. 

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Queen's Grandchildren "Official" Engagements (2016)



The Queen's Grandchildren Peter, Zara, Beatrice, Eugenie, Louise, & James don't regularly undertake "official" engagements like William or Harry. They are not regularly listed on the CC and do not receive any funding for their charitable work.

They do however attend the occasional official engagement and do work for various charities and organizations. They also hold a number of patronages.

This is a list of the Official Engagements PeterZaraBeatriceEugenieLouise, & James attend (e.g. Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul's Cathedral). This list also includes events they attend as a member of the Royal Family or as Patron of the organization.

We try not to include charity work that related to their job or events they attend in a private capacity, except when they are "official engagements". But it is hard to draw a line between what should be included, and what should not. Also, things are not widely publicized so, undoubtedly, we will miss some things.

Count for 2016:
Peter - 9
Zara - 10 
Beatrice - 35
Eugenie - 17
Louise - 8
James - 6


January (030000
5th, 8th- 9th
Wednesday 27th 
(Beatrice appears in video for Sick Kids Friends Foundation)

February (10, 3100 
Friday 5th
  • Beatrice and Eugenie attend Memorial Service for Miles Frost at Arundel Cathedral.
    • With Mum, Duchess Sarah
10th-11th
  • Beatrice speak at .OpenMind conference in Oman
Friday 12th 
Monday 22nd
March (002000


Tuesday 8th 
  • Beatrice attend WE Day dinner at the Bulgari hotel
Wednesday 9th 
  • Beatrice speak at WE Day Concert at the SSE Arena. 
(Sunday 27th: PeterBeatriceEugenieLouise, & James attend Easter service at Windsor Castle)
April (000032
Tuesday 14th
  • Louise & James open the Mahali Pori Exhibit 
    • With Parents
  • Louise &  James visit Bristol, Clifton and West of England Zoological Society Limited 
    • With Parents
Thursday 16th 
  • Louise opens new Girlguiding Head Office
    • With mum, Countess Sophie
May (113211
Sunday  15th 
  • PeterZaraBeatriceEugenieLouiseJames attend Windsor Horse Show
Monday 23rd
  • Beatrice and Eugenie attend RHS Chelsea Flower Show
  • Beatrice announce winners for Oscar's Book Prize at Ceremony
    • Participate as a Judge
June (4516832
Wednesday 8th 
Thursday 9th 
  • Beatrice visit York Theatre Royal 
    • meets choir members and supporters of the refurbishment project
  • Beatrice visit York’s Chocolate Story
  • Beatrice visit York Minster to learn more about their Mystery Plays production
    • Andrew is Patron of  York Minster's Mystery Plays
Friday  10th 
  • PeterZaraBeatriceEugenieLouise, & James attend Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul's Cathedral for Queen's 90th 
Saturday  11th 
  • PeterZaraBeatriceEugenieLouise, & James attend Trooping the Colours
Sunday  12th 
Monday 13th 
  • Eugenie co-host annual UNAIDS gala at Design Miami/Basel in Switzerland 
Tuesday 14th 
  • Zara & Beatrice attend Royal Ascot Day 1
Thursday 16th 
  • Beatrice visit School 21, which is supported by Big Change
  • Beatrice& Eugenie attend Royal Ascot Day 3
Friday 17th
  • Beatrice attend Royal Ascot Day 4
Saturday 18th
  • Beatrice& Eugenie attend Royal Ascot Day 5
Sunday 19th 
  • Zara play in Jockeys vs Olympic Legends Polo Match during Gloucestershire festival of Polo at Beaufort Polo club
Thursday 23rd
  • Beatrice, & Eugenie attend Queen's Young Leaders Awards
Tuesday 28th 
  • Peter, Beatrice& Eugenie, with Autumn Phillips and Mike Tindall, attended Sentebale Charity Concert at Kensington Palace
Thursday 30th 
July (300200  
Thursday 14th 
  • Eugenie attend reception for winners of The Queen's Awards for Enterprise at Buckingham Palace
Saturday 23rd
  • Eugenie attended the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot Racecourse
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  • Peter attend meeting with West Island Palliative Care Residence to officially become Joint Patron
    • With wife, Autumn
Thursday 28th 
  • Peter attended Habitat for Humanity groundbreaking ceremony in Canada
    • With his wife, Autumn, and her family
Friday 29th 
August (000000 

September (0050, 1, 1 
Monday 12th 
  • Beatrice attend Annual Charity Day for Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund in NYC with Mum Sarah to raise funds for Children in Crisis
Sunday 25th 
  • Louise, & James meet Mum, Countess Sophie, at Finish Line of her DofE Challenge
Monday 26th 
  • Beatrice participates in Strive Triathlon to raise money for Big Change
Tuesday 27th 
  • Beatrice participates in Strive Triathlon to raise money for Big Change
Wednesday 28th 
  • Beatrice participates in Strive Triathlon to raise money for Big Change
Thursday 29th 
  • Beatrice participates in Strive Triathlon to raise money for Big Change

October: (001200
(2-11th: Beatrice visit Nepal, India, Bhutan with the Ruit Foundation)

(6th: Podcast released of Beatrice for Dyslexia Awareness Week with Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre)

Wednesday 12th 
  • Eugenie attend modern slavery service at Westminster Abbey
    • Lay Wreath
(Tuesday 18: Eugenie release video to mark Anti-Slavery Day)

Tuesday 25th 

  • Eugenie  attend The Elephant Ball at Victoria and Albert Museum 

    Thursday 27th 
    • Beatrice attend the 2016 Asia Game Changers award in NYC
      • Present award
    (Friday 28th: Released interview for Salavation Army on modern Slavery)

    November: (011100

    Sunday 11th 
    • Beatrice attend Centrepoint Gala at Kensington Palace
    Monday 28th
    • Eugenie attend memorial service for Duke of Westminster at Chester Cathedral
      • Representing her father
    Tuesday 29th 
    • Zara Attend Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund evening with the stars charity dinner. 
    December: (004100

    Friday 9th 
    • Beatrice and Eugenie visit Teenage Cancer Trust at University College London Hospitals. 
      • With mum, Duchess Sarah
    Monday 19th 
    • Beatrice visit  Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice in Brackenhall
    • Beatrice visit Hudderfield University
      • Meet with fashion design students
    Tuesday 20th  
    (20th Queen's Christmas Lunch)
    (Christmas Day Service at Sandringham)

    Also Check Out:
    September 2015 - December 2015 Engagements
    Patronages
    British Royal Bios

    Tuesday, 13 October 2015

    Queen Paola - Thank You for Your Kind Wishes (2015)


    Today a piece of royal mail arrived. By all appearances, it certainly looked underwhelming. It lacked the pomp and circumstance of other pieces of royal mail and the crown on the back of the envelope is the smallest I have seen.

    I certainly wasn't expecting to find what is probably one of the most favourite pieces of royal mail.

    I had written to Queen Paola of Belgium after it was announced in August that she was taking a period of “total rest” under doctors orders, and would be cancelling all further engagements. It was reported by a number of papers that Queen  Paola had suffered a stroke, but the Palace made no comment. She has yet to resume official duties.

    Queen Paola is the mother of King Philippe of Belgium. Her husband, King Albert II, abdicated in 2013.

    Inside the envelope was a card. The front is pictured below, and features a number of messages for all occasions in a number of languages.


    The back of the card features Queen Paola's Monogram and a picture of her, with a message from Queen Paola.

    The message is actually printed on the card.

    Queen Paola had written a handwritten message, that her office scanned and then printed. This done so that Queen Paola can send a handwritten message to everyone, without having to write out cards for each individual person. This is very lovely and makes each recipient feel very special.



    The message is bilingual, writing in French and Dutch, both official languages of Belgium. The message translates roughly, "Wholeheartedly thank you for your kind wishes."

    Check out:
    Response from Belgium
    Other Responses

    Thursday, 8 October 2015

    Prince Harry's love life: Fact vs. Fiction?


    How to tell if a story about Harry's love life (Or any Royal story) is made up?

    There are a number of credible news sites with journalists that regularly cover royal events. They have reporters who are actually at official engagements, get to talk to the royals and are in frequent communication with Royal's Press offices.

    Ever notice how when there is something important going on that all of these sites report on it?  If everybody, not just gossip rags, is reporting on a story, there is a very good chance that it is true. If you see that only a few sites, mostly gossip rags, are reporting on a story, you have to ask yourself why is that? The Royals are popular, especially Harry. So if there are facts about Harry dating someone, all the credible news sites are going to report on it, just like they do with his official engagements.

    On the other hand since Harry's love life is popular and the media knows people will click on stories about his love life. This means you might see made up articles or ones that stretch the truth. There are times where revenue is more important than the truth or respectfully reporting.


    (In case you forgot, the in 2015 there were a bunch of Fake News stories linking Emma & Harry together.)

    Facts vs. Fiction
    When an article uses worlds like reported, allegedly, according to, etc. those words mean this is speculated, or the source is unreliable/questionable. 

    If it was fact, the article would present it as fact.

    The Foreign media, for the most part, would not find out before the British media

    Foreign media often does not have reporters on the ground in London, covering events, etc. They mostly do secondary reporting, meaning they get their facts from other articles. They can often misinterpret things since they don't have expert knowledge, or the connections, that British Royal Reporters have. (Or if you are a gossip rag you just make it up.) 

    Harry's friends would not be spilling the beans to the media. 
    Any news source that quotes an "unnamed friend" is likely made up. The Royals highly value their privacy, their friends know and respect that, that is how they are still the Royal's friend. 
    • People who sell stories to the media are trying to sell a story to the media. The story has to be interesting, entertaining and something people want to read, but not necessarily true. 
    • The best lies are based on a little bit of truth. So just because Harry was at some party, doesn't mean everything reported in the story about that party is true. 
    • "Harry goes out to the pub with a group of friends", is not as interesting as "Harry goes out to the pub with new Girlfriend."
    Be careful with articles that cite another article as their source.

    While the article your reading may be true, they don't have first-hand knowledge of the facts. Always get as close to the source as you can. The article may be selectively quoting or interpreting the facts to fit their story. 

    When referring to the past, look at articles close to the event. 

    We often think we remember the events clearly, but often we don't realize our memory is a little hazy. The best source is always someone reporting on the event while it's fresh in their mind. Reporting on a past event is like quoting another article, your memory: you might only remember parts, or mix things up. 

    Always ask yourself, Who wrote the article? and Are they credible

    • Does the site do primary or secondary reporting?
      • Where are they getting their information?
    • What do they usually report on? 
      • Does it make sense that they would know what they are reporting to know?
      • Does the story contradict other stories from credible sources?
      • Do the site's other stories seem true?
    • Look at past Royal stories by the same site, are those true? Primary sources?
    • Does it state who (which reporter) wrote the article?

    Wednesday, 7 October 2015

    Prince Nicolas of Sweden's Christening


    Prince Nicolas of Sweden will being christened on Sunday, 11th October. He is the 2nd child of Princess Madeline and Christopher O'Neill and 6th in line to the Swedish Throne. He will be almost 4 months old when christened.

    The christening will take place at the Royal Chapel at Drottningholm Palace, outside of Stockholm.


    Swedish public service broadcaster, Sveriges television, will broadcasting Prince Nicolas' christening. The Live Coverage starts at 11:50 am. More details to come.

    The Live Stream and Service will both be in Swedish, but don't worry it's not hard to follow and, of course, a bunch of us will be live Tweeting the whole thing.

    **Live Stream Link **

    Schedule: 11 Am = (10 AM London) (5 AM Toronto/New York) (2 AM  San Francisco)
    (8 PM Sydney)

    11.00 AM Guests arrive at Chapel

    *11.50  Live Steam Starts*

    12.00 Christening ceremony

    12.40 Guests leave Chapel

    1.00 PM  King and Queen hold Reception

    *1.30  Live Steam Ends*

    (Later: Private Lunch)

    Guests:

    Immediate Family (Including Estelle and Leonore), Godparents plus spouses, representatives from Parliament, the Government and Official Sweden.

    No Foreign Royals are expected.

    In lieu of gifts his parents have asked for donations to two of Princess Madeline's favorite Charities:
    http://www.childhood.org
    http://www.minstoradag.org

    God Parents:

    H.R.H. Prince Carl Philip
    Countess Natascha Abensperg und Traun
    Herr Gustaf Magnuson
    Mr Henry d'Abo
    Fru Katarina von Horn
    Mr Marco Wajselfisz

    Dress:
    Prince Nicolas will be christened in the same dress worn by Victoria, Carl Philip, Madeleine, Estelle, and Leonore at their christenings.


    Christening Guests will be in Morning Dress:

    You will see the member of the royal family wear their Fmaily Order. Prince Nicolas will be given the Royal Order of the Seraphim uring his christening.


    Not sure how much the Live Steam will cover the reception, but we are sure to get some official photographs from inside.


    Tuesday, 6 October 2015

    Princess Beatrice Birthday Reply

    I wrote to Princess Beatrice in early August for her 27th birthday. Yesterday, I received a response.

    It's a brief letter, which is very typical of the Yorks. The letter is signed by Prince Andrew's Assistant Private Secretary, James Upsher. Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie don't have their own household, so all their correspondences are dealt with by Prince Andrew's office. Which is why the stationary features Prince Andrew's Cypher on the letter and envelope.


    The reply was written on September 24th, but wasn't mailed till the following week. The reply arrived 65 days (just over 2 months) after I had sent my letter. This is a pretty standard response time.

    Duchess of Cornwall Get Well Soon!

    I wrote to Camilla a few days after Clarence House had announced she was taken ill and had to cancel a number of engagements. She was away from engagements for about 14 days, and has had a light schedule since. Clarence House reported that Camilla had Gastroenteritis, commonly known as the Stomach Flu.

    The letter is short, written on A5 paper (half sheet). I assume that everyone who wrote to Camilla, to wish her good health, received the same typed letter. The typed portion doesn't appear to be personalized and only mentions vaguely what I wrote about. Camilla personalized the letter by writing the persons name and hand-signing it.


    The top of the letter features Camilla's Cypher/ Monogram, with the word Birkhall underneath. Birkhall is Charles and Camilla's Scottish residence. When sending mail from Scotland, Camilla uses a green cypher. For letters sent from Clarence House, in England, Camilla uses a blue version of her cypher.

    I sent my letter 24 days ago. It was responded to quite promptly.

    If you are still waiting for replies from the Cambridges for various events this summer. Those would be handled by the General Correspondence section at Clarence House. They are behind on responses. When will they come? I don't know. To be honest I expected to see responses for at least Prince William's birthday a while ago. But they have been sending out responses, so don't worry, they are just still Pre-William's birthday (Early June).

    When Camilla hand-signs letters or cards, my guess is those are handled personally by her office, I.e. a assistant Private Secretary. Which is why we see much quicker response times.

    Monday, 5 October 2015

    Duchess of Cornwall Official Engagements 2015: October - End of Year


    I decided I wanted to start keeping track of Camilla's engagements for 2016. And instead of waiting till January, why not finish up 2015.


    (Unconfirmed) - Not Officially Confirmed/ Announced, Yet, but Expected

    (Possible) -  Not Confirmed or 100% Expected, but Possible due to past appearances or reports of their attendance

    October


    Tuesday  13th 

    • Attend a pre-dinner reception and dinner for Man Booker Prize 2015
    (Wednesday 14th: Statement published in Daily Mail about her personal crusade against rape & sexual assault)

    Wednesday 14th: 

    • Visited the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre, Rape Crisis South London,  to mark its Thirtieth Anniversary.
    • Visited the Nelsons Manufacturing Facility to learn about their initiative to support the victims of rape and sexual abuse
      • Met volunteers
    • Visited the Haven (Whitechapel) Sexual Assault Referral Centre.
    Thursday  15th 
    Tuesday 20th
    • Greet President Xi and Madame Peng at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel  travel with them to Horse Guards Parade, where the President will receive a ceremonial welcome.
    • Tea with President Xi and Madame Peng at Clarence House. 
    Wednesday  21st 
    • Attend a horse whispering demonstration by Brooke Hospital for Animals Global Ambassador Monty Roberts at the Royal Mews, before attending a reception.
      • With the Queen. 
    • Attend a reception hosted by Gyles Brandreth, President of The Oscar Wilde Society, to mark the anniversary of the author's birth.
    November
    Royal Tour of Australia & New Zealand: 4-15th 

    Wednesday 4th Wellington, New Zealand

    • Official Welcome at Government House
    • Visit Pukeahu National War Memorial
      • Lay wreath
    • State Reception at Government House
    Thursday 5th Wellington & Dunedin
    • Visit to Te Whaea
    • Literture event at Otago Univeristy
    • Visit to Irokonui Ecosanctuary
    Friday 6th

    (No Engagements Rest Day)


    Saturday 7th 

    • Public Walk at Trafalgar Street in Nelson
    • WOW Museum Visit
    • Food and wine event at Mahana Winery
    • SPCA Wellington visit
    Sunday 8th
    • Visit to Turangawaewar Marae in Ngaruawahia
    • Public walk in Aotea Square in the Auckland CBD
    • Bellyful visit
    • Prince's charity respite at Government House Auckland
    Monday 9th 
    • Happy 75h birthday to Air New Zealand at New Plymouth Airport
    • Tea with Taranaki at Brooklands Park
    • Public walk near the 'Bowl' and Zoo
    • Visit to Len Lye Centre
    • Pukekura Park Fernery visit
    Tuesday 10th
    • Visit the Spirit of New Zealand in Auckland Viaduct
    (Leave New Zealand fly to Sydney, Australia )


    • Visited Tanunda in the Barossa Valley
    • Visited Seppeltsfield Winery
    • Attended a Meeting at Government House, Adelaide, with organisations working to address domestic violence.

    Wednesday 11th Canberra  Remembrance Day

    • Attend the National Remembrance Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial
    Thursday 12th Sydney

    • Visited the New South Wales Mounted Police Unit.
    • Visited OzHarvest
    • Visited the Royal Australian Corps of Military Police at Victoria Barracks
    • Attended a Reception at Government House given by General the Hon. David Hurley (Governor of New South Wales).
    •  Attended a Dinner given by the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and Lady Cosgrove at Admiralty House.

    Friday 13th


    (No Engagements Rest Day)


    Saturday 14th Albany and Perth - Prince Charles Birthday

    • Visited Oranje Tractor Wines.
    • Visited Albany Agricultural Show and the National Anzac Centre
    • Attended a Reception given by the Hon. Kerry Sanderson (Governor of Western Australia) at the Cottesloe Civic Centre.

    Sunday 15th Perth

    • Attended Choral Matins in St. George's Cathedral, Perth
    • Visited Kings Park
    • Attended a Reception given by the Governor of Western Australia at Government House
    • Visited the State Library of Western Australia
    Sunday 22nd 
    •  Opened the new Village Hall in Stourpaine, Dorset
      Commonwealth Heads Of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Malta: 27-28th 

      Thursday 26th

      • Visit Mdina Glass in Ta'Qali.
      • Attend reception, hosted by the Queen, for the People of Malta in the gardens of San Anton Palace.
        • With Phillip and Charles
      Friday 27th
      • Attend the opening ceremony of the 24th CHOGM at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta.
        • With Queen, Phillip, & Charles
      • Visit the "Read With Me" literacy programme at St Thomas More College Primary School, Zejtun
      • Attended a Reception for veterans, sea scouts and Armed Forces personnel, given by the British High Commissioner to the Republic of Malta 
      • Attend the traditional CHOGM dinner at the Corinthia Palace Hotel, Attard.
        • With Queen, Phillip, & Charles
      Saturday 28th
      • Visited the Cathedral and Square in Mdina
      December
      Tuesday 15th

      Thursday 17th
      Thursday 31th 
      • Visited the flood-devastated Deeside village of Ballater with Prince Charles. 

      Thursday, 1 October 2015

      October Q & A

      As Always, Post your Royal Questions & I will get to them as soon as possible. 

      Past Q&As

      Question 1: Will the Cambridges attend the Royal Variety Performance this year?


      Answer: Um...... It's Charles and Camilla's year but they will be on Australia/ New Zealand Tour.... Who knows? The Royal Variety Performance is an annual variety show, usually late November or early December, to raise funds for the Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund which the Queen is patron.

      Every year a senior member of the BRF attends. For a little over 20 years it has been alternating between the Queen (& Prince Phillip) attending and Prince Charles (& Camilla) attending. Before Charles started attending the Royal Variety Performance, attendance alternated between the Queen and the Queen mother.

      Last year the Cambridges attended for the 1st time in the Queen and Prince Phillip's place, and many suggested that the Cambridges would be taking over attending for the Queen and Prince Phillip. This is year is Charles and Camilla's year, but they can't attend because they will be out of the country. They like to alternate years so that people aren't attending twice in a royal, so my bet is we will see someone other than the Cambridges attend, probably Princess Anne.

      Question 2: Who is Prince Harry dating? Cause I keep seeing articles about him being out with different girls. 

      Answer: As far as we know Harry is not dating anyone. The media is grasping at straws. Not that he couldn't be dating someone right now, but there aren't any facts to support any of the rumors.

      Harry has been seen out with groups of friends a few times since returning from Africa. Just because one of the girls is single or happens to be his Ex-Girlfriend, doesn't mean they are dating. Harry gets linked to a dozen girls each year just because he's seen talking with them ONCE.

      If Harry were dating someone we would see them out on multiple occasions and it would be reported on by a good share of the creditable new sites.

      Question 3: What is up with the Crib from the Swedish Christening? 

      Answer: The cradle used by Prince Nicolas during the reception, after the christening, is called the King Karl XV's cradle. It was made for the birth of then Prince Karl in 1826. Today the cradle is only used ceremonially, not for everyday use. At the christening reception the baby sleeps in the cradle while mummy and daddy greet guests. The cradle was used for both Princess Madeleine and Princess Leonore's christening.


      Question 4: Are the Cambridges going to attend the China State Banquet? 

      Answer: There has been no Official Confirmation from Buckingham Palace. Although it has been widely speculated.


      Question 5: If William and Kate are the Earl and Countess of Strathearn when in Scotland what are Prince George and Princess Charlotte called?

      Answer: George and Charlotte's titles don't change. They are still the Prince and Princess of Cambridge. Just like how Prince Harry is the Prince Henry (Harry) of Wales in Scotland even though his dad is the Duke of Rothesay, same with the York girls, and Wessexs. But Charlotte and George may also simply be referred to as Prince and Princess without the regional distinction.

      When Prince George or Prince Harry marry they will get their own titles, usually three to represent different area's in England, Scotland, & Northern Ireland. Then as they travel to the different areas they will use their regional distinction in that area.

      Question 6: Why wasn't Kate given the Royal Family Order?

      Answer: The Royal Family Order is bestowed by the Monarch to Female member of the BRF.  The Royal Family Order is given at the Queen's discretion. It's not a matter of how long a female is a member of the BRF, but more the role they play. Although Catherine is the wife/mum of the future king, she is not a Full Time Working Royal. She is expected be given the order someday, most likely when she steps into a more full time role.

      Each new monarch, has their own Royal Family order, so it is likely Catherine will be given one from each of the next few monarchs: Charles, William, George.

      Question 7: I was wondering what you do with all the responses that you get. Do you keep them in an album? (I personally frame some of mine and put them up in my bedroom!!!) 

      Answer: I have 2 binders with sheet protectors in them. I have my letters all organized, British Royals first, starting with the Queen and working my way down the line of succession, but including spouses. Each Royal or family has their own cover sheet and then all their letters are organized chronologically by when I received them.

      It then moves on to Foreign Royals which are separated by Country, in alphabetical order, with all the all letters in each section organized chronologically.


      At some point, I might separate things by grouping of years, but I'm not at that point.

       P.S I was the girl that wrote this past July about not getting a response back from Charlotte's birth. I'm sad to say I still haven't gotten a reply yet, but I haven't lost hope.

      KP is still sending out replies for Princess Charlotte's birth.  KP was very behind, they are just now catching up and are sending out replies for Charlotte's Birth & Christening, & William and George's birthdays all at once. So even though we have been seeing latter events, they are still working on Charlotte's birth, so don't worry to much.

      I expected them to much more timely than this, but unfortunately they have been very slow this summer.