Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Christmas Reply - Monaco and Belgium (2016)

Two Christmas replies arrived while I was away over the holiday, from Monaco and Belgium. 

The first reply we will look at is from Monaco. The reply is similar to their previous Christmas Replies. They did get this out faster than previous years, by 1-2 weeks.  

One thing I have alway said is Monaco has the nicest quality replies. You can't see it in the picture, but this envelope is actually sparkly, if you hold it to the light just right. The Monaco Royals have very beautiful envelopes, in a variety of colours and textures. Usually they pick an envelope that matches the colour and texture of the letter or card they are sending. 

The stamp on this reply is of Enrico Caruso, a famous Italian opera singer  (1873 – 1921). Enrico Caruso performed all over the world, including Monaco. The stamp was released in March 2016. The Postmark says "Joyeuses Fetes," which is french for Happy Holidays. It's the same postmark they use every year during that time around Christmas, before New Years. 

Inside is a card. The front features the couple's joint monogram in red and a lovely family photo that was taken in early December at the palace.

And again it's really nice quality. It is heavy paper, that sparkles in the light. The photo isn't printed on, rather it glued onto the front. This allows them to have the heavy paper, while also have a very nice quality photo. 

On the inside of the card is a message, in 3 languages: French, English and Monegasque. They change up the message each year. At the bottom of the card is Albert and Charlene's signatures. They are printed on, and the same ones they have been using for years.  



Now to the 2nd reply! I find the date in the postmark very interesting. In the USA, where I live, Christmas is a federal holiday. And when a federal holidays fall on a Sunday, federal employees are given Monday off to "observed" that holiday. Saturday holidays are observed on Fridays.

In the USA, there was no mail on Monday 26th December 2016, because the post office was closed to observe Christmas. So you wouldn't have any mail postmarked with that date, but in Belgium the post office was obviously open for business, and post marking mail. I do hope the Palace's office staff was able to get a few days off after Christmas, and this had been put in the mail box to be picked up, just before the holidays.

Inside the envelope is a card. The front of the card is the exact same as last year. For more on the monogram, check out the post on their Christmas reply from last year. 

The inside of the card has a family photo and message. (L-R: 1st row- Gabriel, Mathilde, Philippe, Elisabeth. 2nd row- Emmanuel, Eleonore)

The message and names are the exact same as last year, except the date has obviously been changed. The message is in Dutch, French, German, and English.

The King and Queen's signatures are printed onto the card, with their 4 children's names typed below (in order of age).  

You can check out the other 2016 Christmas Replies we have received so far here

Also Check Out:
Other Replies from Monaco
Other Replies from Belgium
Other Replies 


  1. Hi Gert!
    On 2. January arrived me too this two Royal Christmas replies with the wonderful picture.A small correction:I think a lovely family photo that was taken in early December not at their french home, Roc Agel, but in the great hall of the palace in Monaco, because look the wall and the painting of Princess Grace.
    Évi from Hungary

    1. Your right this Monaco Christmas photo was taken at the Palace not their french home. I was confusing it with last years photo. Although Princess Grace lived at Roc Agel as well, so I expect there would be portraits of her there as well.

  2. I got these too but I was surprised when a few days later I got exactly the same card from Monaco. Last year for Christmas I got two the same responses from Charles and Camilla.

  3. Hi Gert!
    Finally, slowly coming the cards from royals. Imagine, yesterday I received same Christmas card from Monaco. But yesterday I received Kensington Palace from Cambridge too,I do not like the image of them, they could have chosen a much better picture of family. And a beautiful card from Spanish royals .... I send you on twitter.
    Évi from Hungary