Sunday, 10 December 2017

Queen Sofia of Spain - Telegram!!!! Birthday Reply (2017)

As you may know, the Spain Royals aren't really good about replying. They always don't reply. And when they do, they often only reply to about half the people who wrote. I have only gotten one other reply from Spain Christmas 2016 from King Juan Carlos & Queen Sofia, despite numerous letters over the years.

So, when I wrote for Queen Sofia's 79th birthday last month, I wasn't expecting a reply.

Then this came in the mail. From the outside, it kind of looks like a piece of junk mail. But when you take a closer look it will sort of blow your mind, and make you feel like you've gone through a time portal.

It's a TELEGRAM!!!! A real-life sent, this century, telegram! I didn't even think telegrams still existed, but here one is. (This is the 1st Royal Telegram Reply I've seen from this century. And my first piece of Royal Mail mailed from the USA.)

With this kind of telegram, the Spanish Palace sent the note electronically to the telegram company. The telegram company sent it to their Orlando, Flordia office, who printed it out and mailed it to me. (I guess this is a cheaper process than just mailing an international letter.)

Translated the message reads:

"[Numbers I assume are related to their Telegram Account]
Palace of Zarzuela

Mrs. Gertrude Alexandra Daly 
[My Address]

As Chief of Protocol of the House of His Majesty the King & Her Majesty the Queen, Queen Sofia asks me to thank you for your kind words addressed to her on the occasion of her birthday. Warmest Regards, Alfredo Martinez Serrano"

So bizarre to be getting a telegram. It lacks the polish of other Royal Replies, but this will definitely be one of my favourites because of its uniqueness.

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1 comment:

  1. I am glad I am not the only one who received this unusual reply! I was very suspicious when I saw the envelope and was extremely surprised at what was inside. I am glad I did receive a reply, but a traditional card would have been more to my liking.