Monday, 5 March 2018

Queen & Cambridge Christmas (2017) and King Felipe 50th Birthday (2018) Replies

Three replies arrived in the last week, 2 from the UK and 1 from Spain. I was away at a conference, so I wasn't able to post the replies until now. With this I think I have now received all my 2017 Christmas replies.

Queen & Prince Philip 

The first reply is from the Queen, for the Christmas letter I sent her and Prince Philip. The reply is a basic form letter.


The Queen's office sends out a few different types of replies each year: A form letter like this; a form letter signed by a lady in waiting and personalized with the persons name; And a personalized letter from a lady in waiting with a personalized message. I've gotten all 3 different types over the years. 

The Cambridges

The 2nd letter is also from the UK, for the Christmas letter I sent the Cambridges. The Cambridges replied with a letter, written by Claudia Spens. While I always love geting a personal letter, I would have loved to get their photocard.



King Felipe of Spain

The 3rd reply is from Spain. I had written to King Felipe in January for his 50th Birthday. This is only 2nd reply I've gotten from King Felipe over the years, and the 1st letter. The letter is similar to those I received from King Juan Carlos & Queen Sofia. 


Translated the letter reads:

Head of The House of HM the King

Palace of Zarzulea 
Feburary 28th, 2018 

Ms. 
Gertrude Daly
(Address)

Head of The House of HM the King

With much pleasure, I on behalf of His Majesty the King convey to you, in his name, his sincere gratitude for the kind words of congratulations addressed to him on occasion of this special birthday.

With kind regards, 

Jamie Alfonsín

At the bottom of the letter is a privacy statement, basicly saying they are keeping your personal data on file. Translated the statement reads: 
  
In compliance with Organic Law 15/1999, you are informed that the personal data provided are included in the file "Protocol Information System (SIPROT)", the purpose of which is to carry out the functions of the protocol of this house. You expressly consent that such information may be transferred to the administrations and public institutions to which strictly enforces the successful completion of the procedures developed. You may exercise you right of access, reification, cancellation and opposition before the general secretary of the house of His Majesty the King, Palace of Zarzulea,  28017 Madrid.

This is the first time I've seen a statement like this on the bottom of the letter. Although I know alot of the Royal Houses have databases when they keep some information about the people who wrote. 

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