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

The 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 of Norway & 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
  • Gala Dinner at Royal Palace 
Wednesday, May 10th 
  • Lunch on Royal Yacht Norge
  • Banquet at Opera House
Royals Confirmed: I don't expect every Royal Family will send a representative to the events, but I think there is a good chance we will see a few more royal families than currently announced. The Palace will likely release a full guest list on the 8th or 9th. 
  • Denmark 
    • Queen Margrethe 
    • Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary
    • Prince Joachim & Princess Marie (just 10th)
  • Sweden 
    • King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia 
    • Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel
    • Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia

Last year, King Harald celebrated his Silver Jubilee (25th years on the throne). The celebration for that was also attended by Queen Margrethe of Denmark and King Carl Gustaf & Queen Silvia of Sweden. It looks like this birthday celebration will have a much bigger royal attendance.

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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 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 collected all of the office'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. I'm pretty sure this is just accidental and done when the mail is taken to the next post office on it's route to you. The Mount Pleasant Mail Centre (as seen on the postmark) is London's largest sorting center and a lot of London's international mail is sorted through that center before heading to the Heathrow Worldwide Distribution Centre.

Other
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 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

I know in the past, the Royal Mail set up a temporary post office on the Sandringham estate when the Queen is in residence. Don't know if they still do that. 

Other
Used for Bagshot Park


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Thursday, 13 April 2017

Princess Eugenie of York - Patronages

Global Ambassador (2007?-present)

Children in Crisis is a UK based charity that works to provided 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. 


Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital's Charity Appeal 

Patron (2012-Present)

The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital is one of the leading specialist orthopaedic 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 orthopaedic 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 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. 

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 it's current location. 

Be Inspired Art Auction
Patron (2017) 

Be Inspired is a contemporary art auction in support of the charity Children & the Arts, taking place at the auction house Christie’s March 8th & online April 4-13.

European School of Osteopathy
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.


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Princess Beatrice of York - Patronages


Children in Crisis
Global Ambassador (2007?-present)

Children in Crisis is a UK based charity that works to provided 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 of the 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 graduation 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. She has been a trustee of Big Change since May 2013.  Big Change raising 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. 


The Sick Kids Friends Foundation
Patron (2013-Present)

The Sick Kids Friends Foundation 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 Sick Kids Friends Foundation also gives grants to fund projects, equipment and training at many other children’s healthcare locations throughout Scotland. 


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 it's 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 provide 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 it's 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 teen 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 under-fives book of the year.

It is awarded in memory of Oscar Ashton, who passed away in 2012 at age 3 from a undetected heart condition. 

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Zara Tindall - Patronages


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’. 


Magic Millions Racing Women (Austraila)

Ambassador (2012-2013)  
Patron (2013-2018)

Magic Millions Racing Women is an Australian organization that promotes and encouraged women in racing. It awards a bonus of $500,000, distributed to the first four all-female owned or leased horses at the Jeep Magic Millions 2YO Classic.


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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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Lady Louise & Viscount James (Wessex) - Patronages


Lady Louise & Viscount James do not have any Patronages. They are both Full-Time students.

We will update this in the future when any Patronage is announced.

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Saturday, 8 April 2017

King Carl Gustaf's Speech on Stockholm Attack - English Translation


Dear Swedes and all those in Sweden,

Yesterday, while I was in Brazil, news of the terrible event in Stockholm reached me, so naturally I immediately returned home to Sweden.

I have just finished meeting with the National Police Commissioner and the head of the Swedish Secret Service. They have informed me and the royal family of the police work after yesterday's attack.

First and foremost, I want to express that the thoughts of the Royal family and I go out to the victims of this heinous act. To those who have been injured and killed.

We also think of their families and friends. We share in their grief and anxiety.

We are all shaken by what happened. But we have hope in seeing the care that people show each other. It demonstrates the power of our society.

There are more of us who want to help, than those who wish us harm. That knowledge gives me comfort and confidence.

The police, medical and rescue services have done an amazing job of minimizing the damage. Now it is important for them to continue working in peace and quiet.

We have experienced several violent incidents in the past. We have gotten through them, and will do so now.

Sweden is, has long been, and will continue to be a safe and peaceful country.


Saturday, 1 April 2017

April Q&A (2017)

As always, post your Royal Questions & I will get to them as soon as possible.

Question 1: Which Royals do you think will attend Easter at Windsor Castle

Answer: Attendance at Windsor doesn't change too much each year, so I assuming people celebrate Easter like usual.
Expected:
  • Queen & Philip
  • Prince Andrew 
  • Princess Anne & Timothy
  • Wessexs
  • Queen's Lady in Waiting
Likely:
  • Beatrice & Eugenie
  • Peter & Autumn Philips
Not Expected:
  • Charles & Camilla
  • William & Kate
  • Harry
  • Zara & Mike Tindall 
  • Kents
  • Gloucesters
Question 2: I'm new to this writing to royals thing but I love Charles and Camilla and I would love to send them a letter congratulating them on their European tour. Is there a proper way to do this? What should I include in my letter?

Answer: We explain everything you need to know about Writing to the Royals here. It's the best place to start. We give a lot of good advice and tell you some things that would be good to do. But there isn't 1 proper way. If you have more specific questions feel free to ask.

As for what you should include in your letter? That is up to you. Good letters have a point; there are specific and personal.  So I would explicitly say that you are writing to congratulate them on their tour of Europe. I would mention some specific things from the tour that stood out to you. And why they were meaningful to you.  

Question 3: I wrote to Camilla in the beginning of February when she became a patron of the Battersea Dogs and Cats home, but I haven't received a reply yet. I'm obviously not expecting a personal reply, but I'm starting to get worried that my letter got lost in the mail.


Answer: 1-2 months is a normal response time. But it can take longer if they are busy. You've just hit the 2 months mark, but I wouldn't worry. Clarence House is good about answering all the letters they receive, but it takes time. The longest I've waited for a reply from Clarence House is 4 months. 

Question 4: Can you write in English to all current European royal families? 


Answer: You can write in English to all the Royal Families (in Europe, out of Europe, current monarchies, former monarchies, etc.) They all speak English and will have staff who speak English. English is the main language we use to communicate with people in other countries, which is something royals from current monarchies and their offices do all the time. 

I know for many of you, English is not your 1st Language. This is how I would rank your options:

  1. English or one of the official languages of the country 
  2. Other languages widely spoken in the country or languages the Royal speaks
  3. If UK, languages widely spoken in the commonwealth
  4. Other
I would try for a language in option 1.

If you really don't feel comfortable with options 1-3 and want to write in an "other language," I would make your letter bi-lingual. You can write your letter in your native language, say everything you want to say very eloquently, but then include, in English or one of the official languages, a rough translation. That way, if they have trouble translating your letter, they at least know the basic idea of what you are writing about. 


Question 5: Do you know an address to the Habsburgs? I know that they don't lead public lives since Otto's death, but I would like to send them a letter.


Answer: I did find this address from 2011 for where to send condolences for the death of Otto. 

Hindenburgstr. 15
D-82343 Pöcking
Germany

I'm not sure if it will still work. Google Maps has the address marked as a software company. So it's likely they had an office there, but sold it and moved. 


Question 6: Can I write to the Duchess of Cambridge to send my congratulations on the occasion of Pippa's wedding?

Answer: Sure, you can write for anything. There is nothing stopping you from writing a letter and sending it. The real question is will you get a reply. 

Clarence House is really good about answering letters. But if you write to Kate about something that not really about Kate, I'm not sure how they would respond. If you get a reply, it will likely just be a basic generic letter thanking you for your support. People don't normally send congratulations to the sister of the bride when a couple gets marries. So it is a little odd and awkward. It's kind of like, who are you really writing to Kate? or Pippa? And it isn't Clarence House's job to answer Pippa's mail.

Obviously, the Cambridges do realize that there is a lot of interest in their lives, and their family. And they are glad to hear that people are supporting them. And I'm sure their office will get mail about Pippa's wedding. So you can send a letter if you would like. I just don't know if you will get a reply.

What I would suggest is:
Make your letter about Kate or the Cambridges, then mention casually mention Pippa's wedding. Then it is something Clarence House can reply to because you're writing about the Cambridges.

If you are writing for Princess Charlotte's 2nd Birthday in May, which is a few weeks before the wedding, you could mention her being a bridesmaid in Pippa's wedding. And say something like "Please pass on my congratulations to Miss Middleton & Mr. Matthews on their upcoming wedding. I wish them all the best."

Or if you wanted to write after the wedding, there is Prince William's birthday is in June.

Question 7: Why doesn't Princess Beatrice attend the Maundy Thursday service with the Queen like she did that one time? Cause she wants to do official duties like William and Harry.  

Answer: Princess Beatrice attended the Maundy Thursday in 2012 because it was a special service. The service that year was at a church in York, so it made sense to have one of the Yorks there. They like to play up the whole idea of a royal being connected to a certain area. If the Maundy Thursday service was in Cambridge, I'm sure the William and Kate would accompany the Queen & Phillip. But otherwise, the service is just usually attended by The Queen & Prince Philip. 

It was also the Queen's Dimond Jubilee year that year. So, the service had some extra special stuff to mark that. 

Question 8: Am I too early if I send out my Cambridge anniversary/Charlotte birthday letters before Easter?

Answer: No, you're good. You are a little early for Princess Charlotte's birthday, but not by much so you're fine.

We usually recommend:
 

Question 9: If I send a letter to Zara to Princess Anne's office, will it be answered?

Answer: I would expect not. Non-working royals don't normally answer mail. 


Question 10: When do you expect the Cambridge anniversary and the Charlotte birthday card will be released? Or do we have to wait and see what we get in the mail?

Answer: The Cambridges don't release what their card will be ahead of time. Nor do any of the British royals. You will just have to see what comes in the mail. 

They will almost definitely release a set of photos for Princess Charlotte's Birthday, and it is likely they will choose one of those cards for her birthday reply. 

I've very likely you won't get the usual photo card for the Cambridge's anniversary as the 6th anniversary isn't really a big event that people usually write for. 

The only time a royal might release a photo of their cards is for Christmas. But those are their personal Christmas card, not what they send to well-wishers. 

Question 11: What is the correct title for Duchess Sarah? Did she lose the HRH after the divorce or is she HRH Duchess of York? My question basically is that what should I write on the envelope and the "Dear ...," part. Thank you! 

Answer: When Sarah was married to Andrew her title was HRH The Duchess of York. Since the divorce, she has been Sarah, Duchess of York.

You have a lot of different options for the "Dear" line:
  • Dear Duchess,
  • Dear Sarah, Duchess of York,
  • Dear Madam, 
  • Dear Sarah,
  • Dear Sarah Ferguson, 
  • etc.
It would be incorrect to say:
  • Dear Your Royal Highness,
  • Dear Duchess of York,
Question 12: When will the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, or Prince Harry be visiting New Zealand again?

Answer: No upcoming royal visits to New Zealand have been announced for the Cambridges, Harry or any of the British Royals. But there was a rumor a few months ago Prince Harry would head to New Zealand, Australia and Singapore in June. So maybe you will get lucky! 


Question 13: Will you be writing for King Willem-Alexander's birthday? Do you think they'll send out photos this year (since it is his 50th)


Answer: I will be writing for King Willem-Alexander's Birthday. I need to get started on that. 

It's hard to predict what they will do for King Willem-Alexander's 50th Birthday reply. This is his first big birthday since becoming King. I've never gotten a photo from the Netherlands Royals. And given that their replies tend to be really simple, I would think it is likely they won't send a photo for his birthday. They don't always reply to mail, so it's obviously mail is not a priority for them. But they do tend to reply for Birthdays, so you will definitely get a reply for this. 

Question 14: Is there a polite way to let royal offices know that they misspelt my name? Both the office for the Duke of York and Clarence House misspelt my first name and it's bothering me a little. I always write crystal clear and now I even printed stickers with my name and address on them but I'm afraid that the damage is done.


Answer: I'm pretty sure the computer system where they store people's name and address is linked between the different royal offices, so once it gets in there wrong, the problem will continue. I know when they changed my address after I moved, they misspelled the name of my State. So it's wrong on all the envelopes now. I don't worry about it because it's just an extra "n" and the mail still gets to me. But they can change your name, they just need to realize they have it wrong in the system. Becuase once it's in their system they likely just assume it's right and never double check.

I would do something like this: at the bottom of your letter, where you type your name, write something like 

Sincerely,

(Signature)

Kellie (with an ie) Jones

That way it's a casual mention, this is how I spell my name. I've seen this with a number of people who have commonly misspelled names. The person then is thinking oh, I need to make sure I spell her name correctly. I better make sure it's in the system correct. They will see it is wrong and fix it. It may take 2 times, if people are busy and skim over the letter. 

Question 15: Is Queen Maxima HM or HRH? 

Answer: Queen Maxima is HM (Her Majesty). All of the currently reigning Queens or Queen Consorts, who use the title Queen, are HM. 
You only need to question their style when the monarch or spouse, uses Princess, or Grand Duchess.

Question 16: I wanted to ask if you know what studies private secretaries of for example Cambridges, Prince Harry or Prince of wales has completed? Was it maybe something connected with PR? And how about other countries Denmark or Sweden for example? 


Answer: 
To be a private secretary you can study anything you want. It doesn't really matter.  We've even seen people not go to University. There is also a lot of people who were in the military. 

Some of the things Private Secretaries for Europe's royals have studied:

  • English 
  • Communications 
  • Economics
  • War Studies 
  • International Relations 
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Engineering 
  • Physics
  • Romance Philology
  • Art History
  • Business
  • Accounting
  • Applied Zoology with Mathematics
  • Law
  • Management
  • Journalism
  • History
  • etc.