Monday, 1 August 2016

Prince Philip's 95th Birthday Reply (2016)

This arrived over the weekend.

I had written to Prince Philip, in June, for his 95th Birthday.

The reply is almost exactly the same as last year's birthday reply & written by the same person, Captain Frederick Moynan.

Captain Moynan is an Assistant Equerry for Prince Philip. Equerry's are Officers in the Armed Forces who serve in a Royal's household for a 2 year period. Equerries often help coordinate engagements, travel, etc. The position rotates through the different branches of the Armed Forces every 2 years. (Should not be confused with the Crown Equerry, who is in charge of the Horses at the Royal Mews.)

I would expect next year's reply will be written by someone else as Captain Moynan will likely have finished his time serving in Prince Philip's household.

It took the Palace a little longer to send the birthday reply this year, as would be expected given that this was a milestone birthday. But this is still a very good response time!


The telephone number and fax are the general numbers for Buckingham Palace.

You will notice that the letter referred to him as Prince Philip. Phillip's replies are the only ones I have seen from the British Royals who uses the royal's name.

The Palace almost always refer to the royal by their title. This is why since his wedding Prince William has always been referred to as Duke of Cambridge and never Prince William by the Palace. This is the same reason why the Palace calls her Duchess of Cambridge and never Princess Catherine. They do the same with the other Prince and Princesses: It is always Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke of York, Earl of Wessex, Duke of Kent, etc. and never Prince Charles, Princess Camilla, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, Prince Edward, etc.

(Harry, George, Charlotte don't have titles of their own, so they always use their name.)

Since I know people will ask: No, I haven't gotten a reply for the Queen's 90th Birthday. Buckingham Palace has been very busy, but working hard. I keep seeing somebody get a reply every week or so, so they are working on it.

Prince Philip's mail and the Queen's mail are dealt with by different offices at Buckingham Palace, so don't read anything into Philip's reply arriving first.

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  1. What do you mean that he has served his time in the household? Thank you!

    1. Gert's Royals1 August 2016 at 20:24

      A Royal's household is all their staff. This would include Private Secretaries, Treasurers, Equerries, Assistants, Press Secretaries, etc.

      A Equerry is a military officer who is assigned to a Royal's Household. He or She is usually in that position for 2 years. Captain Moynan sent last years birthday reply, and this years. That mean's he's been working for Prince Philip for at least one year, likely a bit longer.

      When Prince Philip turn 96 next years, Captain Moynan will have "served his time in the household." Meaning Captain Moynan will have done his 2 years as Assistant Equerry. He will then be assigned by the Grenadier Guards (His regiment) a new Job. And Prince Philip will get a new Assistant Equerry.

  2. "This is the same reason why the Palace calls her Duchess of Cambridge and never Princess Catherine." - But she is not Princess Catherine - she is Princess William. HM The Queen didnt made Catherine a princess in her own right.

    1. You're right, Catherine isn't a Princess in her own right, so she isn't technically Princess Catherine, she's Princess William. However if you wanted to be more informal you could call her Princess Catherine, cause she is a Princess by Marriage.

      This is the same with Princess Diana when she was married. She wasn't a Princess in her own right, so she technically wasn't Princess Diana.