Thursday, 27 April 2017

King Philippe of Belgium - Birthday Reply (2017)

Today I received a lovely reply from Belgium. I had written to King Philippe of Belgium earlier this month for his 57th Birthday.

The card is similar to Queen Mathilde's Birthday reply from this year & last year's, except her card was accompanied with a photo.

I did write to King Philippe last year for his birthday, but the reply I got wasn't exactly a birthday reply.

The message is in French, which is 1 of  Belgium's 3 official languages (Dutch, French, German). The message translates to:

"Palace of Brussels

His Majesty the King has received the kind wishes you have sent him on the occasion of his 57th Birthday.

The King would like to cordially thank you.

Brussels, April 2017"

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

King & Queen of Norway's 80th Birthday Celebrations (May 9th-10th, 2017)

King Harald & Queen Sonja of Norway will both celebrate their 80th Birthday this year. Harald turned 80 on 21 February, and Queen Sonja will turn 80 on July 4th. 

To mark their 80th birthdays, there will be two days of official celebrations in Norway attended by a number of Foreign Royals. 

Tuesday, May 9
  • Appearance on Balcony
Wednesday, May 10th 
  • Lunch on Royal Yacht Norge
  • Banquet at Opera House

Royals Confirmed: Palace says 30-40 Royal Guest Expected.  The Palace will likely release a full guest list on the 8th or 9th. 
  • Norway 
    • King Harald & Queen Sonja
    • Crown Prince Haakon & Crown Princess Mette-Marit
      • Princess Ingrid Alexandra
      • Prince Sverre Magnus
    • Princess Märtha Louise 
      • 3 Daughters 
    • Princess Astrid
  • Belgium 
    • King Philippe & Queen Mathilde
  • Denmark 
    • Queen Margrethe 
    • Crown Prince Frederik & Crown Princess Mary
    • Prince Joachim & Princess Marie (just 10th)
  • Liechtenstein 
    • None
  • Luxembourg 
    • Grand Duke Henri  & Grand Duchess Maria Teresa 
      • Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume & Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie 
  • Monaco 
    • Prince Albert
  • Netherlands 
    • Princess Beatrix
      • King Willem-Alexander & Queen Maxima
      • Prince Constantijn  (just 9th)
      • Princess Mabel 
  • Spain 
    • King Juan Carlos & Queen Sofia (just 10th)
  • Sweden 
    • King Carl Gustaf & Queen Silvia 
      • Crown Princess Victoria & Prince Daniel
      • Prince Carl Philip & Princess Sofia
    • Madeleine Kogevinas (extended family) & Professor Bernhard Mach 
    • Desirée Kogevinas (extended family) & Carlos Eugster
  • UK 
    • Countess Sophie of Wessex
    • Lady Elizabeth Shakerley (Queen's Cousin)
  • Greece
    • Queen Anne Marie
      • Crown Prince Pavlos & Crown Princess Marie-Chantal
      • Prins Nikolaos & Prinsesse Tatiana
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King Harald's Silver Jubilee Celebration

Monday, 24 April 2017

Princess Eugenie of York & Princess Marie of Liechtenstein - Birthday Replies (2017)

I received 2 pieces of royal mail today, which made me very happy. I had been getting a little impatient as it had been over 3 weeks since I received my last reply.

Princess Eugenie of York

The first piece of mail is from Princess Eugenie of York. I had written to her in March for her birthday. The reply is fairly typical of what you see from the Yorks. 

Like usual the reply is written by Amanda Thirsk, Prince Andrew's Private Secretary. Both my 2015 & 2016 Birthday reply for Princess Eugenie came a bit earlier in April, but it's still a good response time for the Yorks. 

Princess Marie of Liechtenstein

The 2nd reply is from Princess Marie of Liechtenstein. Her husaband, Prince Hans-Adam II, is the ruler of Liechtenstein. But he offically steped down from the day to day decision making in 2004, making his son Heretary Prince Alois regent. I had written to her earlier this month for her 77th Birthday. We actually have the same birthday, April 14th. 

The reply is the same kind of card as my 2 other replies from Liechtenstein. Although the other two had "Dear Miss Daly" written above the message. The signature at the bottom reads "Marie Liechtenstein." I'm not sure if it's a real signature or an autopen.  I love the texture on the edge of the card. And the embossed coat of arms is really nice, you can really feel it stick out from the paper. I'm surprised by how detailed the embossing can get. Here is a better look at it. 

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Monday, 17 April 2017

British Royal Postmarks

**Be aware this is all international mail, postmarks will be a little different for mail sent to people inside the UK. Mainly it will lack the airmail stamp, and may be sent 2nd class.**

For many of you, the red Buckingham Palace Postmark is instantly recognizable. But what does it mean? And why don't all of the Royal Offices have their own Postmark?

Most of the time, when you write to a British Royal, one of the last stops before your letter arrives at their office is the Court Post Office at Buckingham Palace. The Court Post Office is run by the Royal Mail and is separate from the Royal Household at Buckingham Palace. The Court Post Office receives all the mail for the Royal Offices & Households in that area. After running additional security checks, the post office will sort the mail and deliver it to the correct office.

It is then the Royal Mail's job to collect all of the Royal Household's outgoing mail and take it back to the Court Post Office. It is there that the outgoing mail is franked (stamped with the postage and postmark). This is why all of the Royal Mail from London has Buckingham Palace on the postmark because that is the name of the Post Office where it is processed. The mail will then be sorted and sent out to be delivered.

Since 2001, the Sovereign Grant has paid for the Royal's postage. Previously, the service was provided for free by the Royal Mail.

Court Post Office at Buckingham Palace

There is one main postmark that is stamped on most of the Royal Mail that is processed through the Court Post Office at Buckingham Palace. This includes letter from Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, St. James Palace, Kensington Palace, occasionally other Royal Residences outside of London (Windsor, Birkhall, etc.)

Air Mail Stamped  

Air Mail Sticker

Double Postmark

Occasionally, you will get a reply that has the typical Buckingham Palace postmark and another Postmark. This is just accidental and done when the mail is taken to the next post office on its route to you. The Mount Pleasant Mail Centre (as seen on the postmark) is London's largest sorting center and most of London's international mail is sorted through that center before heading to the Heathrow Worldwide Distribution Centre.

2nd class

Other Types You Might See
Occasionally, you will see them use a stamp on their envelopes. This is usually done to mark special occasions and is only used on mail sent out during a few days. And I believe only done on mail to people in the UK.

You may also see special postmarks for the organizations that have offices at one of the Royal Buildings, that is being processed through this office.

Court Post Office at Windsor Castle 

The other year-round Court Post Office is at Windsor Castle, which handles mail for the Royal Residences in that area (Windsor Castle, Royal Lodge, etc.). Although I have seen people get mail from Windsor Castle with the Buckingham Palace Postmark. Windsor Castle is the Queen's weekend residences. She also spends her Easter Holiday there. 

The other Royal Residences don't have their own full-time Post Office. I'm not entirely sure on the details on how their mail is processed. Some of them will just have their mail taken to London and dealt with the Court Post Office at Buckingham Palace. Others have their own Franking Machine to stamp the envelopes, and then they will just deliver it to their local post office.

Sandringham House
Used for Sandringham House. The Queen spends Christmas and her Winter holiday at Sandringham House. I know in the past, the Royal Mail set up a temporary post office on the Sandringham estate when the Queen is in residence.

This postmark is for Bagshot Park, the Wessex's residence and office. It has in the past been used for other royal residences, which is why it is not specific to Bagshot Park.

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Thursday, 13 April 2017

Princess Eugenie of York - Patronages

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Children in Crisis Global Ambassador (2007?-present)

Children in Crisis is a UK based charity founded by Sarah, Duchess of York, that works to provide a quality education to children in poor, or conflicted countries. The organization mainly works in Asia and Africa.  They work to make quality education accessible to all children.

The Charity also provides support to the families, through adult literacy, health education and maternal health programs. As well as working with communities to create sustained change. Princess Beatrice is also a Global Ambassador. 

As of June 2018, Children in Crisis is merging with Street Children, a similar organization with work in Africa.

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital's Charity Appeal 

Patron (2012-Present)

The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital is one of the leading specialist orthopedic hospitals in the world. Prince Andrew, Eugenie's father, is Parton of the Hospital. Princess Eugenie was a patient at the hospital in 2002, age 12. Eugenie underwent back surgery to correct scoliosis.

In 2012 Princess Eugenie became patron of the hospital's redevelopment appeal to build a new state of the art facilities on the existing 100-year-old site. The new NHS orthopedic hospital is expected to be fully operational by 2018.

Patron  (2016 - Present)

Elephant Family is an animal conservation charity founded in 2002. The Duchess of Cornwall's brother Mark Shand co-founded the charity.  Elephant Family works to protect endangered Asian elephants, with conservation projects across Asia. The Charity works to secure elephant and wildlife habitats, reduce human-elephant conflicts and promotes education programs in the UK about these endangered elephants.

Duchess Camilla and Prince Charles become Joint President of Elephant Family after the death of Camilla's brother Mark Shand, although they had supported the charity numerous times in the years previous. 

Camilla's sister Annabelle, & Eugenie's Mother, Duchess Sarah, are also Patrons of the charity. 

Patron (2016 - Present)

The Teenage Cancer Trust is a UK based charity. The charity works to help provide life-changing care for teens with cancer. They have 28 speciality cancer units with expert staff in NHS hospitals. They also provide these teen and their families support. Teenage Cancer Trust helps fund a portfolio of cancer research and policy. 

Duchess Sarah and Princess Beatrice are also patrons of the organization. 

Royal Patron (2016 - Present)

The Print Room at the Coronet is a small Theater and performance space in Notting Hill. Originally the theater had been located in a former print warehouse, before moving its current location. 

Royal Patron (2017 - Present)

The European School of Osteopathy is a school for osteopathic medicine at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Osteopathic medicine is a type of alternative medicine that emphasizes massage and other physical manipulation of muscle tissue and bones.

The school is working to ensure osteopathic care is available and affordable for the whole community.

Royal Patron (2018-Present)

The Tate's Young Patrons program works to interest young people in visiting the art museum & getting them involved in the contemporary arts. The Young Patrons Ambassador Group meets four times a year to discuss the interests, strategy and events for the Young Patrons program. 

Also apart of the Tate's Young Patrons Ambassador Group is Princess Alia Al-Senussi.

Ambassador (2018 - Present)

The Project 0 Campain is an international campaign to restore and protect the world's oceans. They work to fund projects that clean up the ocean, restore fisheries, rebuild coral reefs and mangrove forests, and protect the ocean 

Also an Ambassador for the Project 0 Campain: Princess Theodora von Liechtenstein (Cousin once-removed for Hereditary Prince Alois)

Ambassador for the Artemis Council (2018?-Present)

 The New Museum, in New York City, USA is a contemporary art museum and one of the few worldwide that is exclusively devoted to presenting contemporary art from around the world.

Princess Eugenie is an ambassador for the  Artemis Council, which is “a by-invitation membership initiative focused solely on supporting female artists.”

Princess Beatrice of York - Patronages

Children in Crisis
Global Ambassador (2007?-present)

Children in Crisis is a UK based charity that works to provide a quality education to children in poor or conflicted countries. They mainly work in Asia and Africa.  They work to make quality education accessible to children, who often would not have access or right to learn.

 The Charity also provides support to the families, through adult literacy, health education and maternal health programs. As well as working with communities to create sustained change. 

After graduating University, Beatrice spent three months working for Children in Crisis as a research and development intern.

The Big Change Charitable Trust

Founder (2012-Present)

Beatrice co-founded Big Change in 2012, with friends. She has been a trustee of Big Change since May 2013.  Big Change raises funds and supports forward-thinking projects, ideas and people 
that help to build communities. 

York Musical Society

Patron (2012-Present)

York Musical Society is a choral society in York. it is the oldest musical society in the England, founded in 1765. 

Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity

Patron (2013-Present)

The Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity is a charity based in Scotland that support the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh. The Hospital was open in 1895 by Beatrice's namesake, Princess Beatrice, the youngest daughter of Queen Victoria.

The Charity works to make sure the patients and their families receive the best care and support possible through, comfortable and inviting facilities, accommodations for families, family support, staff training, art projects, etc. 

The Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity also gives grants to fund projects, equipment, and training at many other children’s healthcare locations throughout Scotland. (Previously called The Sick Kids Friends Foundation.)

Broomwood African Education Foundation 

Patron (2013-Present)

Broomwood African Education Foundation is a charity run by Broomwood Hall School (Students Age 4-13) in London.  The Foundation built and runs a school in Gondar, Ethiopia called St George’s School with the hopes to provide the underprivileged students in Ethiopia the same high standard of education Broomwood Hall School provides its students.

Forget Me Not Children's Hospice 

Patron (2013-Present)

Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice supports children with life-shortening conditions in West Yorkshire. The Charity has a state of the art Hospice, Russell House, in Huddersfield, and also provided home hospice services. The charity provides care and support for the children, both physically and mentally, emotionally and socially. Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice works to help each child live life to the fullest. 

They also provide support for their families, who are often overwhelmed providing their sick child's full-time care. 

Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre 

Patron (2013-Present)

Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre provides support for people with Dyslexia as well as training & courses for student, parent and specialist teachers. The Centre also provides Dyslexia screening and assesses. Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre is a non-profit and provides free screenings & assessments and subsidized training for those unable to afford the normal fees.

At the age of 7, Beatrice was diagnosed with dyslexia and received help and support from the Centre throughout her secondary education.

York Theatre Royal

 Patron (2014-Present)

The York Theatre Royal is over 270 years old.  The theatre entertains over 200,000 people a year with a variety of performances, including its annual pantomime.

Berkshire Community Foundation

Patron (2014-Present)

The Berkshire Community Foundation was founded in 1985 to help support the community in the Royal County of Berkshire. The Foundation provides grants for individuals, families, and companies in the community. Beatrice has close ties to the community as 2 schools she attended, Upton House School and St. George's School, are located in Berkshire.

English National Ballet School 

Patron (2015 - Present)

English National Ballet School is the official school of the English National Ballet. It is a world-renowned ballet training centre for young ballet dancers from around the world, age 16 to 19.  The school gives talented young dancers the opportunity to train regardless of a student's financial ability, though subsided tuition fees and scholarships. The school is in central London.  

Patron (2016 - Present)

The Teenage Cancer Trust is a UK based charity. The charity works to help provide life-changing care for teens with cancer. They have 28 specialty cancer units with expert staff in NHS hospitals. They also provide these teen and their families support. Teenage Cancer Trust helps fund a portfolio of cancer research and policy. 

Duchess Sarah and Princess Eugenie are also patrons of the organization. 
Judge (2016)
Royal Patron (2017- Present)

Oscar’s Book Prize is an annual award for the best book of the year for children under five. It is awarded in memory of Oscar Ashton, who passed away in 2012 at age 3 from an undetected heart condition. 

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The Catwalk Spinal Cord Injury Trust
(New Zealand)
Patron  (2005-Present)

The Catwalk Spinal Cord Injury Trust is a New Zealand based charity that supports Spinal Cord Injury research. 

Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund
Patron (2007-present)

Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund is a charity that helps Equestrian riders at all level and disciplines after they have been injured. The charity was founded by the parents of Mark Davies, an event rider who died as a result of an accident at the Burghley Horse Trials in 1988. The charity also promotes rider safety. 

Lucy Air Ambulance for Children 

Patron (2011-Present)

Lucy Air Ambulance for Children is a UK based air ambulance charity for critically ill children. The air ambulance allows children access to much needed urgent specialist care. Lucy stands for ‘Lifesaving Urgent Care for the Young’. 

World Horse Welfare
Patron (2016?-Present)

World Horse Welfare is an international Charity that works to improves the lives of horses through education, campaigning, and hands-on care.

Princess Anne has been President since 1994. 

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Peter Phillips - Patronages

Peter Phillips has 2 Patronages that I know of and works full time as Managing Director of SEL UK.

Habitat for Humanity (Peterborough and Kawartha Region, Canada)
Joint Royal Patron (2016-Present)

Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit that helps to build homes for low-income families. Peter is an ambassador for their Youth Build Program, which gets youth involved on building sites and in the fundraising process.

Peter's wife, Autumn, is also a Royal Patron of the charity. She is an ambassador for their Women Build Program. Autumn's father Brian Kelly, lives just outside Peterborough. He is the chairman of the board of directors for the Habitat for Humanity Peterborough and Kawartha Region.

West Island Palliative Care Residence (Canada)
Joint Royal Patron (2016-Present)

West Island Palliative Care Residence is Canada's largest freestanding palliative care facility. Peter's wife, Autumn, is also a Royal Patron of the charity. Autumn grew up in West Island.

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