The reply is from Prince Edward, for the Birthday letter I wrote earlier this month. Many of you know the Wessexs hardly ever send a reply. I always tell people not to expect anything from them. So I was definitely surprised by this. I started writing letters to the Royals in 2014, and have written to the Wessexs a number of times over the years. This is my very first reply from them.
The reply came for Bagshot Park, which is where the Wessexs live and have staff offices. You will notice the postmark on the envelope is different than the letters that come from Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, etc. This is because their mail is handled by a different post office.
The envelope is handwritten. This is the 2nd time I've ever received a handwritten envelope. So it's very special. On the back of the envelope is the Wessexs' green cypher with Bagshot Park written underneath.
Inside is a letter. It is handwritten by Tim Roberts, who is Edward and Sophie's private secretary. It's a very personal letter and you can tell he is responding to what I said in my letter. It is one piece of paper written front and back.
The green cypher featured the couples combined coat of arms (which is made up of Prince Edward's and the Rhys-Jones Family coat of arms).
21 March 2017
Dear Miss Daly
Thank you very much for your recent letter to His Royal Highness The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, wishing him a Happy Birthday.
His Royal Highness spent the day quietly at home with his family. Thank you too for your comments in respect of The Duke of Edinburgh s Award and the work which His Royal Highness undertakes in support of the Award, both in the UK and in the many countries around the world where the Award operates. His Royal Highness is passionate about helping young people to discover themselves and and to be the best that they can be and the Award is a fantastic way of enabling this.
Thank you again for taking the time to write to His Royal Highness and The Earl sends his best wishes.
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