Thursday, 28 June 2018

Queen's Birthday Reply (2018)

A lovely reply arrived from the UK today. I had written to The Queen in April for her 92nd Birthday. This reply took just over two month to arrive.

The envelope features the usual red postmark from the British Royals. But also has been double postmarked. This happens sometimes when the mail is taken from the Court Post office at Buckingham Palace to the Mount Pleasant Mail Centre, where most international mail is processed before being taken to Heathrow Airport.



The 2nd postmark says "Congratulations Benjamin Myers, Winner of the 2018 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction." This was a special week-long postmark to commemorate the awards.

Inside is a lovely personal letter from Mary Morrison, one of the Queen's Ladies in Waiting.


I always love it when the reply make specific mention to what I wrote in my letter. As the Queen's Birthday week was filled with numerous commonwealth events for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, I had mentioned the Queen & her family's work with the Commonwealth in my letter. 

As the Queen's office is always very busy with all her birthday mail, not everyone who writes gets a personal reply like this. Some people get a generic form letter with no signature, others get a form letter signed by a Lady in Waiting with the person's name & the date filled in. 

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Saturday, 23 June 2018

King Albert of Belgium - Surgery Reply (2018)

A reply arrived earlier this week from Belgium.

I had written in April to King Albert (83 yrs, abdicated 2013) to wish him a speedy recovery. King Albert was hospitalized twice in April as the doctors dealt with his Aortic Stenosis (narrowing of the heart valve). King Albert had two surgeries:
  • April 16th - Coronary Angioplasty, where they insert a stent to open clogged heart arteries
  • April 30th - Replaced aortic valve (heart valve) 
The front of the Envelope says it is from Belvédère Castle, King Albert & Queen Paola's official residence.


The reply is a flat card with typed message.


The message is in French, one of Belgium's official language. Translated the message reads:

Belvédère Castle
May 2018
His Majesty King Albert II was very touched by your attention and thank you wholeheartedly for your wishes for a speedy recovery.

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Tuesday, 19 June 2018

King Willem-Alexander & Queen Maxima - Birthday Reply (2018)

I have two replies to share today. They both came a few weeks ago. And I was a little too lazy at the time to write a blog post about them. (I hope you can forgive me.)

Both replies came in the typical envelope from the Netherland royals.


The first reply is from King Willem-Alexander for the letter I send for his birthday in April. The reply is exactly the same as previous years. At the top is his W/A Monogram.



The 2nd reply is from Queen Máxima for the letter I send for her birthday in May. The reply is exactly the same as previous years. At the top is her M Monogram.


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Monday, 11 June 2018

Princess Charlotte of Cambridge - Birthday Reply (2018)

A lovely reply arrived today from the UK. I had written to the Cambridges last month to wish Princess Charlotte a wonderful 3rd birthday.

The envelope is the usual, Postmark from the Court Post Office at Buckingham Palace on the front.



And the Black Crown with Kensington Palace on the back, to mark this mail is from the Cambridges/Sussexs.



The reply is their typical postcard size photo, with typed message on the back. The photo is from Princess Charlotte's 1st day of nursery school back in January. The photo was taken by Duchess Kate at Kensington Palace.


The message on the back is similar to past years. You will notice a little mistake in the last line "who you send their best wishes." It should read "who send you their best wishes."


I was a little surprised by how quickly the Correspondence Section at Clarence House responded given how much mail they have received in the last month. 



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Monday, 4 June 2018

Wimbledon 2018 - Royal Attendance

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2018 is set to be an exciting year for Royal Watching at the Wimbledon! 

Wimbledon (AKA the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club) will be celebrating two important milestones this year: the club's 150th Anniversary & the Duke of Kent's 50th year as President.

Royal attendance is not usually announced in advance (except for those there in an official capacity). But look out for: 

President/Patron: Duke of Kent (President of Wimbledon), Duchess of Gloucester (Honorary President of LTA), & Duchess Kate (Patron of Wimbledon & LTA)

Other Royals: Camilla, Sussexs (hopefully), Wessexs, Yorks, Prince & Princess Micheal of Kent, etc. with a few Foreign Royals (varies each year)

Extended Family: Phillips/Tindalls?, The Kent & Gloucester's children, Middletons/Matthews, Camilla's sister, etc.

The Royals almost always sit in the Royal Box at Centre Court. The day's matches in the Centre Court usually begin at 1 PM. 

For more on Wimbledon & Who is invited to sit in the Royal Box.



Schedule

Monday 2nd July
  • Duke of Kent
Tuesday 3rd 
  • No royal attendance
  • (Duchess of Gloucester attended the British Tennis Awards at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club)
Wednesday 4th
  • Duke of Kent
  • Prince & Princess Micheal of Kent
    • Lord Frederick Windsor
    • Lady Gabriella Windsor
  • Also in the Royal Box
    • Carole & Micheal Middleton (Duchess Kate's parents)
Thursday 5th
  • Duchess of Gloucester 
  • Also in the Royal Box
    • Pippa & James Middleton (Duchess Kate's siblings)
Friday 6th
  • Prince Micheal of Kent
Saturday 7th 
  • No royal attendance
  • [Sports Persons & Members of Armed Forces in Royal Box]
Sunday 8th
  • Middle Sunday (No matches)
Monday 9th
  • Duke of Kent
  • Duchess of Gloucester 
    • (Attend President's Lunch at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club)
Tuesday 10th
  • Lady Sarah Chatto (Queen's Niece) & Daniel Chatto
Wednesday 11th
  • Duchess Camilla & Annabel Elliot (Camilla's sister)
  • Countess Sophie
  • Duke of Kent
    • Earl & Countess of St. Andrews (Duke's son & daughter-in-law)
  • Also attending, but not in the Royal Box
    • Carole & Mike Middleton (Duchess Kate's Family)
      • Pippa & James Middleton
Thursday 12th  - Quarter Finals
  • Princess Micheal of Kent
Friday 13th  - Semi-Finals
  • Prince Andrew
  • Duchess of Gloucester 
  • Duchess of Kent
  • Princess Micheal of Kent
  • Earl of Snowdon (AKA David Linley) (Queen's Nephew)
  • Also attending, but not in the Royal Box
    • Pippa Middleton & James Matthews (Duchess Kate's sister & brother-in-law)
Saturday 14th - Finals
  • Duchess Kate
  • Duchess Meghan
  • Duke of Kent
Sunday 15th - Finals
  • Prince William & Duchess of Kate
  • Duke of Kent 
    • Lady Helen Taylor & Timothy Taylor
  • Duchess of Gloucester 
  • Princess Alexandra
  • Prince & Princess Micheal of Kent
    • Lord & Lady Frederick Windsor

Friday, 1 June 2018

June Q&A (2018)

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

Question 1: Which royal would you most like to see get pregnant next?

Answer: Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie of Luxembourg!

Question 2: Have you ever written to the Royals for the Summer to wish them a nice Holiday? And have you got an answer back?

Answer: I have never specifically written to wish them a nice summer holiday, but if someone has a birthday over the summer, I include something in my letter about how I hope they have a nice summer.  And I've never specifically gotten anything back about their summer holidays.

Question 3: Could you give me an example about what to write in a christening letter? 

Answer: I would just say congratulations on the christening. And then say something on your thoughts on the service if you saw it.

Question 4: What address to send a card congratulating Zara on the birth of her baby.

Answer: You should send your letter care of Princess Anne's office at Buckingham Palace and they will forward it on to the Tindalls.

Mr. & Mrs. Tindall (or Zara & Mike Tindall, Zara Tindall, Zara & Mike, The Tindalls, etc.)
Princess Anne's Office
Buckingham Palace
London SW1A  1AA
UNITED KINGDOM