Tuesday, 20 February 2018

4 Replies - Sweden, UK, Spain, Spain

4 replies arrived today, which is the most replies I've ever received in a day. It is funny how things work that way.

Prince Carl Philip & Princess Sofia of Sweden

The first reply is from Sweden and is definitely the one I am most excited about. I have written to the Sweden Royals so many times over the years, for Births, Christenings, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Christmas, Illness, Death, etc. And have only ever gotten 2 replies, both from 2015.

So this reply is pretty special. I had written in December to Prince Carl Philip & Princess Sofia for their son, Prince Gabriel's Christening. (I of course also sent them my best wishes for Christmas and wished Princess Sofia a Happy Birthday in the letter).

The envelope is the same as the other Swedish Royal replies. The left side of the envelope features the Coat of Arms of the Kingdom of Sweden with"Kungl. Hostaterna/ Royal Court of Sweden," and the address written underneath.

Inside is lovely thank you card. It's the same size as the photo cards we see from the Clarence House. The front of the card features Prince Gabriel's monogram.

Inside is a note from the couple written in Swedish and English. The two signatures are printed on and are the same ones used on the couple's wedding reply in 2015.

The inside also features a lovely photo of Prince Gabriel taken after his Christening. He was 3 months old when the photo was taken. Isn't he a cutie?!

It's a bit strange writing for so many Swedish Royal Christening and never getting a reply, and then finally getting one. I was quite surprised to get this. And hopefully, I won't have to wait 3 more years for another reply from Sweden. 

Duchess of Cambridge

The 2nd reply is from the UK. I had written in January for Duchess Kate's Birthday. This is the 2nd time I've received my reply for Kate's Birthday before the Cambridge Christmas reply. The correspondence section at Clarence House is always very busy over the holidays, and especially this year with Prince Harry & Meghan Markle's engagement. 

The reply is the usual photo card. On the front is a photo of Duchess Kate taken during the Cambridge's 2016 Tour of Canada. It is the same photo used for last year's reply. It is very common for them to reuse a photo for a number of years or events. 

This year's photo is a little different as they have added a white border. Below, you can see the 2017 & 2018 replies side by side. They used to not do a white border on these photo cards, just Camilla's larger ones. But in the last year or so, I've seen it on almost all the replies from Clarence House. Personally, I'm not a fan of the white border, it makes the photo so much smaller and doesn't seem as elegant. But it seems like they have made the decision to switch.

Kate's 2017 & 2018 Birthday Reply
The back of the card features a new thank you message. All the past birthday replies from Kate, I've gotten, had the same message on the back. It is nice to see them change it up this year. I especially like that they've added her age. It is nice to have something that dates the card, given that they don't have a date on it.

King Juan Carlos & Queen Sofia of Spain

The 3rd and 4th reply are from Spain! They are for the Christmas letter I sent King Juan Carlos & Queen Sofia in December, and the Birthday letter I sent King Juan Carlos in January. It is interesting to see the replies arrive on the same day especially given they are dated a week apart.

The two envelopes are identical from the front.

However, what is interesting is the two envelopes are different brands. 

First is the couple's Christmas reply.

The top of the letter features King Juan Carlos' coat of arms in purple with "Household of H.M. The King. The Head Secretariat of H.M. King Juan Carlos" written underneath. Last year's Christmas reply had this in more of a blue color. I'm not sure this was a conscious color change or just something with the ink.

The letter is in Spanish and translates to:

Palace of Zarzuela (The couple's official residence)
January 30th, 2018

Ms. Gertrude Alexandra Daly
(My Address)

The Head Secretariat of H.M. King Juan Carlos

Their Majesties King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, have received with great pleasure the best wishes that you have sent them for Christmas and New Years and they have asked me to convey their most sincere gratitude to you, as well as their best wishes for you this new year.

I take this opportunity to send a cordial greeting,

Alfonso Sanz Portol├ęs

I'm still waiting on a few more Christmas replies, mainly from the UK (Queen & Philip, The Cambridges, and Harry).

Juan Carlos' Birthday 
The 2nd letter for is King Juan Carlos' 80th Birthday.

The letter is in Spanish and translates to:

Palace of Zarzuela (The couple's official residence)
February 5th, 2018

Ms. Gertrude Alexandra Daly
(My Address)

The Head Secretariat of H.M. King Juan Carlos

His Majesty The King has asked me, in his name, to send his sincere thanks, together with his affectionate greetings,  for the warm wishes that, on the occasion of his Birthday, you have been kind enough to send.

Upon fulfilling this request, I send a cordial greeting,

Alfonso Sanz Portol├ęs

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  1. Miss Gertrude, when you write to the Foreign Royals, do you send your letters in English or in their language?

    1. I write in English. But you can write in English or one of the official languages in their country.