Sunday, 18 February 2018

Princess Eugenie Engagement & Princess Charlene Birthday Reply

Two replies arrived over the weekend, one from the UK and the other from Monaco.

Princess Eugenie & Jack Brooksbank

The first reply is from Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank. I had written to them last month to send them my deepest congratulation on the news of their engagement. 

The reply came in a large envelope with the typical British Royal Postmark. 

However, the back of the envelope is pretty special. It features Princess Eugenie's monogram. I have written to Princess Eugenie a few times over the years, mainly for her birthday. The replies have always had Prince Andrew's cypher on the envelope and letter since her mail is answered by her father's office.

So, this is the first time I've gotten mail with Princess Eugenie's monogram on it. Prince Eugenie has used this monogram for many years. We often see it on invitations for charity events she's hosting or letters for her patronages. You may notice crown on Princess Eugenie's monogram is the same one used on Prince Andrew's cypher.

Inside is a large card. The card is the same style as the York's Christmas Cards I've received, although this is much larger. It is the same size as the large photo cards Duchess Camilla sends. Although Camilla sends a flat card, and this opens up.

The photo on the front of the card is from the set of Offical Photos taken at Buckingham Palace on the day of the announcement. The photos were taken by Jonathan Brady in the Picture Gallery.

The inside of the card features a lovely hand-written note by Princess Eugenie that has been printed on the card. The signatures are also printed on. I think a printed on, hand-written note is a really lovely way of giving a very personal reply when you can't actually personally reply to everyone.  

The monogram is engraved (indented), which is interesting. The other British royals normally use an embossed (raised) monogram.

The message reads: 
We are so grateful for the lovely message congratulating us on our engagement. 
We are so happy and excited and look forward to 2018 being a very special year for us. 
Thank you for thinking of us. 
Eugenie & Jack 

This is a really lovely card and is something I will definitely treasure as it is so beautiful and marks such an important moment in this young couple's life. I can not wait for their wedding in October. 

Princess Charlene of Monaco

The 2nd reply is from Monaco for the 40th birthday letter I send Princess Charlene. 

The back of the envelope features Princess Charlene's monogram. You can't tell from the photos, but the envelope and card are both sparkly and iridescent. It reminds me of mother of pearl. One of the really nice things the Monaco royals often do it match the card with the envelope.

Princess Charlene's birthday reply is pretty much the same year after year. The message is changed up slightly. And you will have the slight difference in font or an embossed vs. engraved monogram, etc. The signature is printed on and is the same one used for years. 

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  1. What address did you send your letter for Princess Eugenie? Thank you!

    1. Duke of York's Office
      Buckingham Palace
      London SW1A 1AA