Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Prince Charles & Princess Elisabeth of Belgium's Birthday reply (2017)

Two lovely replies came today!

Prince Charles

The first reply is from Prince Charles for the letter I sent for his Birthday earlier this month. The reply is the usual we see from Clarence House, postcard-sized photo, with typed message on back

The photo was taken by Mario Testino at Clarence House earlier this year. Mario has photographed practically everyone in the royal family, as well as numerous foreign royals. He took William & Kate's official engagements photos and Princess Charlotte's christening photos.

Clarence House had previously released a photo from this session for Duchess Camilla's 70th Birthday.
The message on the back is similar to past year, but they've changed up the wording.

With the card came a letter from Claudia Spens, Head of the Correspondence Section at Clarence House.

Princess Elisabeth of Belgium

The second reply is from Belgium. I had written to Princess Elisabeth for her 16th birthday earlier this month. I don't normally write for children's birthdays (except if they are one of my favorite like Prince George or Princess Charlotte). But this was sort of a milestone birthday, being her Sweet 16, and I was getting all emotional thinking about how she's almost an adult. It is hard to believe in 2 short years she will be 18 years old.

The reply is the typical thing you see from the Belgium Royals, a pre-made card and photo (although, they don't always send a photo). 

The message is in French. Translated the message reads:

"Royal Palace of Brussels

The wishes that you were kind enough to send to Her Royal Highness Princess Elisabeth on the occasion of her 16th birthday, have given her great pleasure.

Their Majesties the King and the Queen thank you with all their heart for this beautiful gesture."

The photo is part of a set released for Princess Elisabeth's birthday. No details on the photo. But given the green glass door and plants, I assume this was taken at the Royal Greenhouses in Laeken.

The Royal Greenhouses in Laeken, is a favorite location for the Belgium Royal Family. The Greenhouses are located in the Royal Park at the Castle of Laeken, which is the Royal Family's home. (The Royal Palace of Brussels is just a working palace.) 

And of course, this photo is reminiscent of 16 years ago, when her parents announced they were expecting their 1st child. 

Embed from Getty Images

Just a reminder: One Week!! till our recommended send by date for your Christmas letters and cards to the Royals!

Also, you may have noticed a little change to our blog this week! We've added Meghan! Our Prince Harry tab has been expanded to include Meghan. It is now Harry & Meghan! (After the wedding it will switch to The (title)s). We have listed there Meghan's official engagements for 2017 & 2018 and will have her patronages when she gets some. 

As we're updating everything over the next few months, if you see something Meghan should be added to, just let us know. 

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