Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Prince Philip - Birthday Reply (2018)

A letter arrived from the UK this week. I had written to Prince Philip last month to wish him a happy 97th birthday.

The envelope is the usual, with Prince Philip's Cypher on the back. You will notice that my address is printed on a sticker, that was then placed on the envelope. You will see this from time to time, mostly when envelopes are pre-stuffed with generic replies that can be sent to anyone who wrote for that occasion. 

The envelope also features an accidental 2nd postmark, this time at the bottom of the letter. This postmark celebrates the Golden Man Booker Prize given to Michael Ondaatje's book The English Patient (published in 1992.) The Golden Man Booker Prize is a 1-time special award given to celebrate of the Man Booker Prize's 50th Anniversary. The Golden Man Booker Prize looked at every Man Booker Prize winner, over the award's 50-year history, to choose the best work of fiction. 

The reply is the usual form letter from Prince Philip's office. The birthday message changes slightly year to year. This year's message is identical to his birthday reply in 2015.

What is interesting about this is it is signed by Suzy Lethbridge, Prince Philip's Correspondence Secretary. Previously every birthday reply I had received from Prince Philip had been sent by an Assistant Equerry. However, after Philip's retirement last summer, Prince Philip handed down his Assistant Equerry to his son, Prince Andrew. 

The address, telephone number and fax are the general numbers for Buckingham Palace.

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