Thursday, 23 March 2017

Royal Response to 2017 Westminster Attack


Following the shocking events in Westminster, Prince Philip and I are sorry that we will not be able to open the New Scotland Yard building as planned today, for very understandable reasons.  I look forward to visiting at a later date.

My thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathy are with all those who have been affected by yesterday's awful violence.

I know I speak for everyone in expressing my enduring thanks and admiration for the members of the Metropolitan Police Service and all who work so selflessly to help and protect others.



King Philippe made a private phone call to Queen Elizabeth Thursday morning to express his condolences.



Your Majesty,

The Grand Duchess and I are shocked to hear about the news of the terrible events yesterday near Westminster.

The Luxembourg people join us in expressing to Your Majesty our most heartfelt sympathy for the victims and their families.

In these times of uncertainty it is of utmost importance to stand together in the defence of our common values.

Grand Duke of Luxembourg

Luxembourg, March 23rd 2017


"Shocked by the London attack, all our solidarity with the British people & their institutions in the fight against terror."

King Felipe also sent a telegram to Queen Elizabeth.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The Queen and I wish to convey our sincere condolences on the tragic loss of lives following the dreadful attack in London yesterday. We offer our heartfelt sympathies to the families of the victims and to the people of the United Kingdom.

Royal Palace, Stockholm
23 March 2017


I haven't seen any messages from Liechtenstein, Denmark, Netherlands, or Norway. But it is very likely they sent their condolences privately. 

Monday, 13 March 2017

Queen's Christmas Reply (2016)

I've been waiting for this reply for a while; the very last reply for my 2016 Christmas letters. There are a few Christmas letters I haven't gotten a reply to, but I'm not expecting anything from them.

I had written to The Queen and Prince Philip at the end of November to wish them a very Merry Christmas! 3.5 months later I finally got my reply.

The letter was sent from Buckingham Palace and was written by Mrs. Jennifer Gordon-Lennox. She is one of the Queen's Ladies-in-waiting and previously served the Queen Mum. This is the 1st letter I have gotten from her.

It's a lovely letter. It's always nice when they mention what you wrote about (Christmas, Royal Family & Sapphire Jubilee).

Which on this occasion makes me a little sad. I had written my letter the day Zara Tindall announced she was pregnant with her 2nd child. So I had of course begun the body of my letter congratulating them on the new addition to the family in 2017. And my letter was very focused on the Queen and Phillip's grandchildren & great-grandchildren. I was very excited about the news and as The Queen and Philip are getting older, I think more and more about next generations, and what they will be like. I think you can see a lot of the Queen & Philip in the younger generation. Of course, right before Christmas, it was announced that Zara had miscarried. So, what was suppose to be a very happy letter about family and children, is actually kind of sad 3 months latter when Jennifer is reading it.

The reply also mentions my well-wishes for the Queen's Sapphire Jubilee which happened in January. I had mentioned that very briefing in the closing of my letter. I like to end my letters looking towards the future. It always interesting to see how you can mention something in one line at the end and that's what they had respond to. I had also talked about the repairs to Buckingham Palace i& the passing of the Queen's cousin Margaret Rhodes in my letter.

Normally I would expect a Christmas reply to come much earlier, sometime in January or February, but the Queen's office has been very busy lately. They received a lot of mail for the Queen's 90th Birthday in April & June and I know they were still sending out replies for that in November. So they had a late start on Christmas and it took a while. And now I'm sure they are busy with the Queen's Sapphire Jubilee, then the Queen Birthday, and The Queen & Philip's 70th wedding anniversary later this year. So I would definitely not worry if your letter to the Queen take longer than the usual 1-2 months to get a reply.

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Friday, 10 March 2017

Spain State Visit (2017) - Main Page

June 6th - 8th
King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain will make a State Visit to the UK.

Spain State Visit 2017 - Previous visits UK to Spain/ Spain to UK


1973 -  Prince Juan Carlos and Princess Sofía attend wedding of Princess Anne and Mark Phillips 


1986 -  King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía make State Visit to the UK

1987 - Prince Charles and Princess Diana make official visit to Spain

1988 -  Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip makes State Visit to Spain


1992 - Prince Charles and Princess Diana visit Spain to attend Expo 92 

1995 - Prince Charles attends the wedding of Infanta Elena to Don Jaime de Marichalar 

1997  September - King Juan Carlos attend funeral of Princess Diana

1997 October - Prince Edward attends the wedding of Infanta Cristina and Inaki Urdangarin


2002 March - Prince Charles makes official visit to Spain

2002 April - King Juan Carlos and Queen Sophie attend funeral of Queen Mum

2002 June - King Juan Carlos and Queen Sophie attend Luncheon for the Knights Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter

2004 March - Prince Charles attends a service for the victims of the Madrid train bombings

2004 May - Prince Charles attends the wedding of Prince Felipe to Dona Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano 

2008 - Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia attend Prince Charles 60th Birthday party


2011 March  -  Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla make official visit to Spain to promote trade

2011 April -  Queen Sofía, Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia attend Prince William's wedding to Kate Middleton

2011 November - 
Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia visit London 

2012 -  Queen Sofía, Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia attend London Olympics

2014 - Princess Anne attends the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities Conference in Spain

2017 - King Felipe and Queen Letizia make State Visit to the UK

(By no means anywhere near a complete list)

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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Charles and Camilla - Tour of Europe (2017)

Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla will tour Europe 29th March and 6th April 2017. The Charles will visit Romania solo, before being joined by Duchess Camilla for a visit to Italy, the Vatican and Austria. The Tour is to highlight the UK's relationship with European partners in areas including social cohesion, military ties and combatting human trafficking.


Wednesday 29th - Friday 31st - Romania (Bucharest)
  • Charles - Meet President of Romania 
  • Charles - Lay wreath at the national war memorial
  • Charles - Visit the National Theatre
  • Charles - Learn about their work with the UK on Human Trafficking. 
  • Charles - Visit an orphanage run by the FARA Foundation which transforms the lives of vulnerable and traumatized children and young people.
  • Charles - Visit projects preserving traditional skills and vernacular architecture

Saturday 1st  - Wednesday 5th Italy (Rome, Florence, Naples)
  • Joint - Attend a reception and a dinner hosted by the Palazzo Strozzi Foundation recognizing the 100th anniversary of the British Institute 
    • Charles received the 'Renaissance Man of the Year' by the Palazzo Strozzi Foundation.
  • Joint -  Meet President of Italy
  • Joint -  Sample some of the best 'Slow Food' that the region has to offer.
  • Joint -  Attend an event to recognise the work of The Prince's 'Campaign for Wool', which raises awareness amongst consumers about the unique, natural, renewable and biodegradable benefits offered by the fibre.
  • Charles - A trip to Amatrice in central Italy where the Prince will meet some of those affected by the earthquake which hit the region in August 2016. His Royal Highness will talk to local families, emergency service personnel and some of those co-ordinating the reconstruction effort. 
  • Charles - Lay wreath at the national war memorial 
  • Charles - Visit the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation to hear about their work to address the developing famine in the Horn of Africa and the contribution which has been made by UK aid
  • Camilla - Visit 'La Gloriette', a villa in Naples which has been confiscated from the mafia and now houses a project to help young people socialize and integrate into their community. 
  • Camilla - Visit Associazione Progetto Arcobaleno, a project which helps immigrants and the impoverished, as well as the female victims of human trafficking, by providing language classes and career advice.
  • Camilla - Visit Herculaneum, where she will hear how international partnerships and Italian expertise are transforming the archaeological site and surrounding communities.
Tuesday 4th - The Vatican
  • Joint - Meet with Pope Francis 
    • Exchange gifts
  • Joint - Tour the Vatican 
Wednesday 5th - Thursday 6th - Austria (Vienna)
  • Joint - Meet President of Austria
  • Joint - Visit to the Musikverein 
  • Joint - Visit Spanish Riding School.
  • Joint - Tour the world famous Wiener Musikverein, where they will see the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra rehearse and will view a number of original manuscripts by composers such as Mozart and Brahms from the Musikverein's archives.
  • Joint - Visit an organic Heuriger and learn about the production of Austrian wine
  • Charles - Mark the centenary of the deployment of British Forces to the Austrian Front.
  • Charles - Learn about their work with the UK on Human Trafficking. 
  • Charles - Visit the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and will join discussions which are taking place on modern slavery and freedom of religion and belief

Queen Mathilde of Belgium - Birthday Reply (2017)

A lovely piece of Royal Mail arrived today from Belgium. I had written in January for Queen Mathilde's 44th Birthday.

The reply is the same type as last year's, a typed card and picture. The card and picture are separate, unlike what you will see from some of the UK royals. The message is in French, the 2nd of three official languages in Belgium.

The card translated to "Palace of Brussels. It is with great pleasure that Her Majesty The Queen has received your warm birthday wishes. The Queen thanks you from the bottom of her heart for this mark of friendship."

As for the photo, I don't know much about it. I haven't seen it before. It looks like an official portrait, but it's not the Belgium Monarchy's website. I know they often take a batch of official photos of the whole family at once, that they will use through out the year. So we may find out more about this photo latter. 

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Writing to the Royals

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

March Q&A (2017)

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

Question 1: To send a card to Prince George and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge what is the address? 

Answer: Mail for the Cambridges should be sent to Clarence  House:

Clarence House
London SW1A  1BA

You can find all the addresses for the Royals under the "Writing to the Royals" Tab. 

Question 2: Harry took Cressida Bonas to Melissa Percy wedding - lots of pics. So MM showing up at the Inskip wedding is not quite the big deal is it? 

Answer: Cressida was not there as Harry's Date. Cressida was invited because she is a friend of the couple, particularly the van Straubenzee family. Her being invited to the wedding had nothing to do with her dating Prince Harry. She ran in that circle long before she was introduced to Harry. 

Was as with Meghan Markle and the Inskip wedding, she really only knew the bride and groom through her relationship with Harry, and was only invited because of him. 

There were weddings, like the Guy Pelly in Memphis, that Cressida was not invited to. She wasn't close to the couple and being Prince Harry's girlfriend wasn't enough to get an invite. So it is definitely a big deal that Meghan got an invite to the Inskip wedding. I think this is the first time Harry has ever brought a date to a wedding. Previously any girlfriend had gotten their own invite because she was friends with the couple. 

Question 3: How does Prince Carl Philip introduce himself? Does he use Carl Philip? Or just one name?

Answer: He uses Carl Philip. Having two first names is very common in Sweden. His full name is Carl Philip Edmund Bertil. His friends call him Philip sometimes. 

Question 4: I recently heard that Clarence House is looking for someone to help to respond to many letters for royals. Do you know what qualifications has to have to get that job? 

Answer: The listing is no longer on their website, as I think they filled that post already. But I would guess you need basic written and verbal skills, discretion, etc.

The Job would mainly be opening and sorting mail, distributing it to offices within Clarence House, addressing envelopes, sending out the photo cards replys, etc. The letters sent out from Clarence House usually come for the head of the correspondence section (Claudia Spens) or one of the Private secretaries. So you wouldn't likey be writing a lot of letters yourself to people. But you may be dictated letters, or asked to do some research or make notes so the appropriate person has what they need to write their letter.