This arrived yesterday from Belgium. I had written to Queen Paola (King Philippe's mother) last month for her 79th birthday.
The reply came in a very beautiful envelope. The back has her address on the sides in French and Dutch, and the name of the Castle where she lives with her husband, Chateau du Belvedere.
What is most special about the envelope is the inside has this purple tissue paper. I think this is definitely one of my favorite envelopes.
Purple as you know is the color of royalty (in certain parts of the world) and Paola uses it for her Royal Cypher.
Some of you will complain that this color isn't purple, it's too red. But did you know that the color purple is different in various parts of the world. In some parts of the world (e.g. USA & UK) purple has less red and more blue than this.
Inside is a typed note, in French. The message translates to:
Thank you for your kind wishes sent on the occasion of my birthday. Your attention really touched me. Paola 11.10.2016
The signature and date are printed on. Queen Paola would have hand-signed one copy, that was then scanned and printed on all the cards. The date is her birthday, September 11th.
For those of you who haven't been following Queen Paola since her health scare last year, she is doing well. In August 2015, it was announced she was taking a period of total rest on doctors orders. It was latter announced she was being treated for a Cardiac Arrhythmia. She has been doing well since then, has done occasional royal duty, and made trips abroad to her native Italy.
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