Thursday, 31 August 2017

New Swedish Royal Baby!

A New Little Prince was born today in Sweden!!!

HRH Prince Gabriel Carl Walther, Duke of Dalarna was born Thursday, August 31st at 11:22 AM. Weighing 3400 gram (Approx. 7.5 pounds) and 49 cm long. (Approx. 19.2 inches) The Prince is 6th in line to the Swedish Throne. Both mother and baby are doing well.

Thursday 31st
  • Birth of Prince at Danderyd hospital in Stockholm
    • 11:22 AM
  •  Prince Carl Philip press conference at hospital 
    • 3:00 PM
  • Cannon Fire to mark the Birth 
    • 6:00 PM
    • 21 gun salute from Skeppsholmen saluting station as well as from Boden, Härnösand, Karlskrona and Göteborg.
    Monday 4th 
    •  King Carl Gustaf holds Cabinet meeting, with Princess Victoria
      • 11:15 AM
      • Announce the name and baby's title
        • HRH Prince Gabriel Carl Walther, Duke of Dalarna 
    • Te Deum Service at Royal Palace Chapel
      • 12:15 PM
      • Attended by Royal Family
        • King, Queen, Victoria, Daniel and Carl Philip 
    • Congratulatory lists at the Royal Palace
      • 1-4 PM
      • Well-wisher can sign list to send their congratulations to the couple

    Wednesday, 30 August 2017

    Princess Diana's Final Six Charities

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    Princess Diana had over 100 patronages during her marriage. When she divorced in 1996, Diana resigned from almost all of her patronages, keeping only 6 until her death in 1997. The following are the list of Princess Diana's final charities:

    Great Ormond Street Hospital 
    Great Ormond Street Hospital is a children's hospitals in London.
    • Queen Victoria was Patron (1852-?)
    • Princess Mary, the Princess Royal was Vice Patron (?-?) and President (?-?)
    • Queen is Patron (1965- Present)
    • Diana was president (1989-1997)
    Royal Marsden Hospital 
    The Royal Marsden Hospital is a specialist cancer treatment hospital in London. The hospital focuses on cancer diagnosis, treatment, research and education.
    • The Queen is Patron (1952 - Present)
    • Diana was President (1989-1997)
    • Prince William is President (2007-Present)
    English National Ballet 
    English National Ballet is a classical ballet company. It is one of the 4 major ballet companies in the UK.
    • Princess Margret was Patron (1976-1989) 
    • Diana was Patron (1989-1997)
    • Prince Andrew is Patron (2001-Present)
      • Princess Beatrice is patron of the English National Ballet School (2015-present)
    Centrepoint  
    Centrepoint is a London based charity that works with homeless people (aged 16–25), to provide housing, support services. Such as Healthcare (physical and mental), education, mentoring, training, employment and teaching life skills.

    The Charity also works to influence government policy and create more local and national support for the homeless community.
    • Diana was Patron (1992 - 1997)
    • Prince William is Patron (2005-Present)
      • His 1st official patronage
    • Kitty Spencer is an Ambassador (2016 - Present)
      • Princess Diana's niece
    NAT (National Aids Trust)
    NAT is the UK’s policy and campaign charity dedicated to transforming society’s response to HIV. They hope by shaping attitudes and challenging injustice, they can change the lives of people with HIV.

    The charity was founded in 1987 by the UK's Department of Health, to help deal with public opinion about HIV. The charity is a non-government organisation and does not receive any government funding. NAT does not provide direct support services to people living with HIV, instead focusing on creating campaigns and policy.
    • Diana was Patron (1991-1997)
    The Leprosy Mission (England and Wales)
    The Leprosy Mission is an international organization dedicated to providing treatment, care and support services to those afflicted with Leprosy &  They also work to combat the stigma of Leprosy. Diana was patron of the England and Wales branch of the organization.  
    • Diana was Patron from (1990-1997)

    Monday, 28 August 2017

    Prince Michael, Princess Anne & Princess Beatrice - Birthday Reply (2017)

    Today I got 3 letters from the UK! All thanking me for the birthday wishes I sent.

    Prince Micheal of Kent 

    The first reply is from Prince Micheal of Kent, the Queen's cousin. I had written to Prince Michael for his 75th birthday in July. I had written a few times before, but this is the 1st reply I have ever gotten from either Prince Micheal of his wife.

    The address on the envelope it handwritten, which is very lovely. This is the 3rd time I've gotten a handwritten envelope, and it all ways makes the reply even more special.



    It is interesting to see that this letter was sent by 2nd class mail. All my other letters from the UK Royals have been sent 1st class. But it didn't cause any delay in arriving.

    Inside is a letter from Miss Elsa Meagher, the Personal Assistant to the Private Secretary of Prince & Princess Michael of Kent. On the top of the letter and the back of the envelope is a simplified version of Prince Michael's Coat of Arms.



    Here is a close up of the simplified coat of arms. This is very interesting because it appears to be a hand-drawn coat of arms. It is missing some of the details of the Prince's coat of arms, but I like the ruggedness of it.



    The letter is an interesting size. It's in-between the normal letter and half size.  You can see it here compared to our two other replies we got today.


    Princess Anne

    The 2nd reply is from Princess Anne, who celebrated her 67th birthday earlier this month.

    The envelope is again similar to what we usually see from the British Royals. But, what is interesting is the double postmark.

    It's a little hard to make out the 2nd postmark on this envelope, but it says, "Royal Mail Supports Mental Health Awareness."


    Each year or so, the Royal Mail picks a "charity of the year" to officially support. In May, they announced their new charity of the year is Action for Children (Duchess Kate's Patronage). It is part of the Royal Mail's new focus on mental health.

    The charity was chosen by Royal Mail employees. The two runner ups were Mental Health UK and Mind, which the Royal Mail will still continue to support.

    The Royal Mail is also an official sponsor of William, Kate & Harry's Heads Together campaign.

    The letter is from Mrs. Isabella Ward, Princess Anne's office secretary. It pretty standard for what we see from Princess Anne's office.


    Princess Beatrice

    The 3rd letter is from Princess Beatrice of York for her 29th Birthday earlier this month. The envelope and letter are pretty standard of what we see from the Duke of York's office. 




    Also Check Out:
    Other Replies
    Writing to the Royals
    British Royal Postmarks

    Monday, 21 August 2017

    Prince George's Birthday Reply (2017)

    A very lovely piece of Royal Mail arrived today from the UK!

    Receiving Prince George's birthday reply always makes me very happy. I sent my very first royal letter 4 years ago, for George's 1st birthday. So it's exciting to be entering my 4 years of letter writing.

    The reply is typical of what we see for Prince George's birthday. It is a photo card with a typed message on the back.

    The photos for this year's card is from October 2016, when the Cambridges were in Canada. That makes this photo 10 months old. I would have loved to see a more recent photo. I feel like little kids change a lot over a few months. This is the 2nd time, Prince George's birthday reply featured something other than the official birthday photo.


    The photo was taken by Andrew Milligan, a UK photographer. The Cambridge also used photos from their 2016 Canada Tour for their Christmas & Duchess Kate's Birthday reply this past year.

    The message on the back of the card is slightly different than the one we saw for Prince George's birthday the last 3 years. It's always nice to see them change it up a bit. 

    Accompanying the card was a letter from Claudia Spens, head of the Correspondence Section at Clarence House. Given that the Cambridges were in the middle of their Poland & Germany Tour when I wrote, I had obviously mentioned that a good bit in my letter for George's birthday. 


    This reply arrived a month after Prince George's birthday, which is a good response time. My reply for George's 1st & 3rd birthday also arrived in August. George's 2nd birthday reply came in October.


    Also Check Out:
    Other Replies from The Cambridges
    Other Replies
    Writing to the Royals

    Tuesday, 1 August 2017

    August Q&A (2017)

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

    Question 1: How do you display your cards that you receive from the Royal Family? Is framing them ok to do?

    Answer: We went into this some in May 2017 Q&A #10. Framing them is okay, but you have to worry about fading, and ink possibly changing colours. I have my letters in binders.

    Question 2: How about Sweden? Are they responding? 

    Answer: Sweden responds occasionally. In the few years I've written to them, I've only gotten 2 replies.  You can see my Replies from the Sweden Royals here.

    Question 3: Have you written to either the Bhutan or Japanese royal family? If so, how would you go about addressing them?

    Answer: I have written to the Bhutan Royals, never got a reply. I don't think I've written to the Japan Royals before, and have never seen a reply from them.

    If by "addressing them" you mean, what are their address? You can find the addresses for the different royal families here.

    If you mean how would you call them in your letters:

    The King & Queen of Bhutan are both HM (His or Her Majesty), the other Royal Family HRH (His or Her Royal Highness). So, there isn't anything different than other royals. You could address them anyway people might normally address that royal:

    Their Majesties
    TM The King and Queen
    TM King and Queen of Bhutan
    King Jigme Khesar & Queen Jetsun
    etc.

    The Emperor and Empress of Japan are HIM (His or Her Imperial Majesty), the rest of the family HIH (His or Her Imperial Highness). There are a lot of different ways to address them:

    Their Imperial Majesty
    TIH The Emperor and Empress
    TIH Emperor and Empress of Japam
    Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko
    etc.

    Question 3: Do you know anyone who has ever received a personal reply from the Duke or Duchess of Cambridge? I know sometimes people get them from Camilla.

    Answer: I don't know of anyone who has gotten a personal reply from the Duke or Duchess of Cambridge. What Camilla does is very unique.