Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Royal Tour of Canada - Cambridges 2016 (Main Page)


27 Engagements in Total 

Canada - Bio

Day 1 (3) - Saturday September 24th  (Victoria, BC)
  • (Arrive at Victoria Airport)
    • Greeted by 
      • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau & Sophie Justin Trudeau
      • David Johnston, Governor General of Canada,  & Sharon Johnston
      • Judith Guichon, Lieutenant  Governor of British Colombia
      • Christy Clark, Premire of British Colombia & son
    • With George and Charlotte
  • Visit British Columbia's Parliament Buildings
    • Official Welcome
    • Visit Victoria's Cenotaph 
      • Lay a wreath
    • Unveil a plaque in tribute to the veterans of Canada's involvement in the Afghanistan conflict.
    • With 
      • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau & Sophie Justin Trudeau
      • David Johnston, Governor General of Canada,  & Sharon Johnston
      • Judith Guichon, Lieutenant  Governor of British Colombia
      • Christy Clark, Premire of British Colombia & son
    • Speeches
      • William 
      • Justin Trudeau
      • David Johnston
      • Judith Guichon
      • Christy Clark
  • Received Prime Minister Justin Trudeau & Sophie Justin Trudeau at Government House
  • Received David Johnston, Governor General of Canada,  & Sharon Johnston at Government House

Day 2 (5) Sunday 25th (Vancouver, BC)
(Travel to Vancouver by float plane)
  • Civic welcome at Jack Poole Plaza
    • With Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia.
  • Visit Sheway, a charity that helps mothers who are battling addiction and other issues
    • With Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia
  • Visit Immigration Services Society of British Columbia
    • Meet the staff and volunteers who support over 25,000 recent migrants to Canada each year
    • Meet Syrian War Refugees 
    • With Prime Minister Justin Trudeau & Sophie Justin Trudeau
  • Attend reception at Telus Gardens with young leaders in Canadian arts, music, sport, charity, business, and film
    • Hosted by with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau 
  • Visit the Kitsilano Coastguard Station in Vanier park
    • Meet first responders, including police and fire services and social workers
    • Watched Vancouver First Responders Showcase
    • Hovercraft tour of the harbour
    • With Prime Minister Justin Trudeau & Sophie Justin Trudeau

Day 3 (3) Monday 26th (Bella Bella and Great Bear Rainforest, BC)
  • Visit Bella Bella community centre 
    • Ceremoniously welcomed by the Heiltsuk First Nations community
    • With Governor General of Canada, David Johnston & Sharon Johnston
    • Meet Youth
    • Watch Performance
  • Queen's Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) event
    • Speech from William
    • Officially committee the Rainforest to The QCC during a brief ceremony.
    • See new walking trails being constructed
    • With Governor General of Canada, David Johnston & Sharon Johnston
  • Reception hosted by the province of British Columbia at Government House in Victoria
    •  Black Rod Reconciliation Ceremony
    • With 
      • Judith Guichon, the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia
      • Governor General of Canada, David Johnston & Sharon Johnston
Day 4 (4) Tuesday 27th (Kelowna, BC and Whitehorse, Yukon)
  • Visit Okanagan campus of the University of British Columbia
    • Meet Students
    • Attend women's volleyball exhibition match
  • Attend 'Taste of British Columbia' festival at Mission Hill Winery
    • Sample products
    • Meet with local young people learning about food and agriculture
  • Meet members of the Canadian Rangers and Junior Canadian Rangers
    • with Governor General of Canada, David Johnston & Sharon Johnston
  • Attend cultural performance at Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre
    • with Governor General of Canada, David Johnston & Sharon Johnston
(Night away from George and Charlotte)

Day 5 (4) Wednesday 28th  (Whitehorse and Carcross, Yukon)
  • Visit the MacBride Museum
    • Met representatives of The Prince's Charities of Canada's Indigenous Language Initiative
  • Attend party on Main Street in Whitehorse
    • with Governor General of Canada, David Johnston & Sharon Johnston
  • Visit Carcross Commons
    • Traditional welcome from the Carcross/Tagish First Nation
    • Meet Local Community
    • Tour new buildings
  •  Visit Single Track to Success (S2S) project on Montana Mountain 
    • Watch mountain bike demonstration 
    • Meet Young People

Day 6 (1) Thursday 29th  (Victoria, BC)
  • Attend a children's party in the beautiful grounds of Government House 
    • George and Charlotte not confirmed, but expected to attend
(Rest of the Day will be spent Privately with George and Charlotte)

Day 7 (3) Friday 30th  (Haida Gwaii, BC)
  • Visit  Haida Heritage Centre and Museum in Skidegate
    • Traditional Haida canoe ride
    • Traditional welcome
    • Speech by the President of the Haida Nation
    • Watch cultural performance
  • Officially open new Haida Gwaii Hospital and Care Centre
    • Meet people who have benefited from the centre
  • Visit the Skidegate Youth Centre 
    • Fish with youth

Day 8 (4) Saturday October 1st (Victoria, BC)
  • Visit the Cridge Centre for the Family
    • Meet staff and residents 
  • Visit a local café where they will meet with families that have been supported by the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre
  • Visit a tall-ship operated by the Sail and Life Training Society
    • Sail
    • Meet with young people
  • Official departure ceremony at Victoria Harbour Airport
    • Brief tour of the southern tip of Vancouver Island
    • with Governor General of Canada, David Johnston & Sharon Johnston

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Sunday, 24 July 2016

Colombia State Visit to the UK - November 2016 (Main Page)


November 1st - 3rd: President Juan Manuel Santos of the Republic of Colombia and First Lady María Clemencia Rodríguez Múnera will make a State Visit to the UK.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark - Birthday (2016)

A new piece of Royal Mail! This time from Denmark.

I had written for Crown Prince Frederik's 48th birthday in May. The Crown Prince Couple always send the same very basic replies, so there isn't much to say.




The reply was sent last month, and took almost month to arrive. The Crown Prince Couple are the only royals I know who send mail economy, which means it can take awhile for it to arrive.



What is interesting about the reply is the half-circle hole that was made at the bottom of the envelope and card. I assume this was made sometime during the mailing process, but I don't know if it was intentional or the envelope just got caught on some machine used in the mailing process.

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Friday, 8 July 2016

Prince William - Birthday Reply (2016)

The Envelope:

From the front of the envelope we can tell that this letter is from one of the British Royals. The postmark "Buckingham Palace" is used on almost all royal mail, regardless of what residence it is sent from. We have even seen it on mail from Scotland. (Buckingham Palace on the postmark just refers to the post office where the letters were stamped/franked.)


With the British Royals, you can usually tell who the letter is from by the monogram on the back of the envelope. The back of this envelope has a black crown with the words "Kensington Palace" written underneath.



As you may know, the Cambridge-Harry office is at Kensington Palace. But a bunch of other royals live there and have their office there as well. Part of Kensington Palace is also a museum, a public garden, and spaces that can be rented out for events. So Kensington Palace could mean a lot of things, not just the Cambridge-Harry Office.

I have never gotten a piece of mail with this monogram on the back, although I do recognise it.

The Royals all use different monograms, but a sharp eye will notice that William, Catherine and Harry's Monograms all use the same crown. And that it is the same crown used on this envelope.  That means this letter has to be from one of them. We have seen this smilar design used years ago, when their office was at St. James.

The Letter:

The letter inside is in reply to my Birthday Letter to Prince William.



This is a personalised letter. It mentions specific things about my letter: my comments on his work with mental health charities, his birthday and Charlotte's birthday.

I love the phrase "Generous Nature"! I talked in my letter about William's work on mental health, & specifically his new Anti-bullying campaign. I also talked more generally about William, Catherine and Harry's work.

Normally I don't like to go into what exactly I wrote, but I found a copy of my letter in my laptop and was looking over it as I wrote this blog post. And because this part was really cute I thought I would share it with you:

"... I would like to point out that your “Dad” is totally showing. I can’t help but look at these causes, and the other ones you and Catherine support and think about Prince George and Princess Charlotte. It seems quite obvious that you are doing this, in part,  for your own children and their future..."

I did briefly mention Charlotte's birthday in my letter because I was a little sad I didn't get the birthday photo reply everyone else got. I had written to the Cambridges for their 5th Anniversary/Charlotte's 1st Birthday, but the reply I got was just for their 5th Wedding Anniversary. And a part of me was hoping if I mentioned her birthday, they might include Charlotte's birthday photo reply with William's birthday photo reply.

Obviously, this is not the typical photo reply we see from the Cambridges

I know other people have gotten the usual photo birthday reply for Prince William's Birthday this year. They said it is the same as last years.

For any event, there are always letters that get replied to more personally. Obviously, there are a lot of factors that go into who gets a more personal reply and who gets the generic reply. Part of it is just luck. They can't personally reply to everyone, even if they get a bunch of amazing, thoughtful letters.

But the short answer is: if the generic reply is the appropriate response, that is what they send. If the generic reply would not be the appropriate response, or if they think the letter deserves a more personal response, then they send a personal response.

My advice is to always make your letter a bit personal. Don't just mention general things, like the Royal does great work and that it is important, mention specifics. Another little except from my letter:

"[Talk about William, Catherine & Harry's work, then] ...What I especially admire is your new Anti-Bullying task-force and the Head Start campaign. They both seem like incredible projects. And although they are obviously relevant for all ages, they are very important for young adults.... [I then went on to talk about young adults and mental health]."

If you want a personal letter that was meant for you, write a personal letter that could only be written by you.

Why "Kensington Palace" Stationary?

I feel like this should have been written on Prince William's red "W" stationary. It is a little odd that it is not. I have gotten a reply from Claudia Spens on Prince William's red "W" stationary & Harry's blue "H", and I feel like this reply and those are similar. So, black "Kensington Palace" stationary is interesting.

(Update: They have since used the Black Kensington Palace stationary more often. I think most of the letters from Clarence House's correspondence section use it now. And we will mainly see William's red "W", Kate's yellow "C" for Catherine, and Harry's blue "H" on letters from their private secretary.)  

We have gotten a few replies written from Miss Spens before, and you can see the differences:
(Notice the name of the office)



Claudia Spens works for Clarence House, in the Correspondence Section. The Correspondence Section at Clarence House handles all the mail for Charles, Camilla, The Cambridges & Harry. Unless your lucky enough to get something from a Private Secretary.

Miss Spens and the other people in the Correspondence Section are the ones sending out the typical photo replies.

Even though the letter is sent from Clarence House, they use the Royal's Stationary. William's stationary says Kensington Palace, since that is where his office/residence is. The name of the office changes as well (Office of Charles & Camilla vs. Cambridges & Harry), despite the fact that Miss Spens is always working at Clarence House.

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Thursday, 7 July 2016

Royals attending Rio 2016 Olympics

IOC Session 2nd - 5th
  • Crown Prince Frederik & Crown Princess Mary
  • Prince Albert
  • King Willem-Alexander
  • Princess Anne 
  • Grand Duke Henri
  • Prince Faisal 
  • Princess Nora
Friday 5th - Opening Ceremony 
  • King Philippe & Queen Mathilde
  • Crown Prince Frederik & Crown Princess Mary
  • Prince Joachim and Princess Marie
    • Prince Nicolai, Prince Felix, Prince Hendrik & Princess Athena
  • Prince Albert
  • King Willem-Alexander
  • Princess Anne & Timothy Laurence 
  • Grand Duke Henri
  • Prince Faisal 
  • Princess Nora
Saturday 6th 
  • King Philippe & Queen Mathilde
  • Crown Prince Frederik & Crown Princess Mary
  • Prince Joachim and Princess Marie
    • Prince Nicolai, Prince Felix, Prince Hendrik & Princess Athena
  • Prince Albert
  • King Willem-Alexander
  • Princess Anne & Timothy Laurence 
  • Grand Duke Henri
  • Prince Faisal 
  • Princess Nora
Sunday 7th 
  • King Philippe & Queen Mathilde
  • Crown Prince Frederik & Crown Princess Mary
  • Prince Joachim and Princess Marie
    • Prince Nicolai, Prince Felix, Prince Hendrik & Princess Athena
  • Prince Albert
  • Princess Anne & Timothy Laurence 
  • Grand Duke Henri
  • Prince Faisal 
  • Princess Nora
Monday 8th 
  • King Philippe and Queen Mathilde
  • Crown Prince Frederik & Crown Princess Mary
  • Prince Joachim and Princess Marie
    • Prince Nicolai, Prince Felix, Prince Hendrik & Princess Athena
  • Prince Albert
  • Princess Anne & Timothy Laurence 
  • Grand Duke Henri
Tuesday 9th
  • Crown Prince Frederik
  • Prince Albert
  • Princess Anne & Timothy Laurence 
  • Grand Duke Henri
Wednesday 10th
  • Crown Prince Frederik
  • Prince Albert
  • Princess Anne & Timothy Laurence 
Thursday 11th
  • Crown Prince Frederik
  • Prince Albert
  • Princess Anne & Timothy Laurence 
Friday 12th
  • Crown Prince Frederik
  • Prince Albert
  • Princess Anne & Timothy Laurence 
Saturday 13th
  • Crown Prince Frederik
  • King Willem-Alexander & Queen Maxima
    • Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess Alexia,  & Princess Ariane
Sunday 14th
  • Crown Prince Frederik
  • King Willem-Alexander & Queen Maxima
    • Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess Alexia,  & Princess Ariane
 Monday 15th
  • Crown Prince Frederik
  • King Willem-Alexander & Queen Maxima
    • Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess Alexia,  & Princess Ariane
  • King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia
Tuesday 16th
  • Crown Prince Frederik
  • King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia
  • King Willem-Alexander & Queen Maxima
    • Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess Alexia,  & Princess Ariane
Wednesday 17th
  • Crown Prince Frederik
  • King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia
  • Crown Prince Haakon
  • King Willem-Alexander & Queen Maxima
    • Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess Alexia,  & Princess Ariane
Thursday 18th
  • Crown Prince Frederik
  • King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia
  • Crown Prince Haakon
  • King Willem-Alexander & Queen Maxima
    • Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess Alexia,  & Princess Ariane
Friday 19th
  • Crown Prince Frederik
  • King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia
  • Crown Prince Haakon
Saturday 20th
  • Crown Prince Frederik
  • King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia
  • Crown Prince Haakon
Sunday 21st - Closing Ceremony
  • Crown Prince Frederik
  • King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia


Friday, 1 July 2016

July Q&A (2016)

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

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Did you know if you go to the "Calendar" Tab and click on past months you can look at Past Q&As!
You can check out Last July's Q&A here

Question 1:  I was wondering if you knew if Diana, Princess of Wales used Montblanc pens to write with? 

Answer: Montblanc has really beautiful, well-crafted, luxury pens which are used by diplomats and royals around the world. So I wouldn't be surprised if Diana used one. 


We have seen the both the Queen and Prince Charles use Montblanc pens in the past. Montblanc even created a special pen for Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco's royal wedding to sign their wedding registry with. 

However, Parker Pen Company holds a Royal Warrant from both the Queen and Prince Charles, so I would expect she used Parker Pens alot. 

Question 2:  If I want to send a letter to Prince George for his birthday, is it Prince George and then the address or must I send it to Kate or William?

Answer: The Address is:


(Royal's Name)
Clarence House
London SW1A 1BA
United Kingdom

Who you address it to specifically depends on who you are writing to. Yes, it is for George's Birthday, but most people are really writing to Will and Kate. Unless your letter/card is actually meant for a 3 year old. I normally send it to "Duke and Duchess of Cambridge".

But there is no wrong answer. Regardless of who you address the letter to, George or his parents, you will get the same response. And the response will be send by his Parents.


Question 3: When does the Queen get back to Buckingham Palace after her summer holiday?

Answer: The Queen's Summer Holiday usually last till early October. 


Question 4: Do you think the new Prime Minister May will visit the Queen at Balmoral?

Answer: Yes, I would expect so. The Queen has a number of honored guests visit her at Balmoral each summer. The Prime Minister traditional spends a few days there.