Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Crown Princess Mary Birthday Reply

Sorry for posting this late. I was a bit busy with the Easter Holidays and this is nothing we haven't seen before.

I wrote to Crown Princess Mary in February for her 44th birthday. A little over a month and a half latter, this arrived. The Crown Prince Couple's replies always look just like this. In fact this is identical to last year's Birthday reply.

The response time was the same as usual for this couple. They usually reply quite quickly, but since they sent the letter economy, it took forever to arrive.

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Saturday, 26 March 2016

Prince Andrew's Birthday Reply (2016)

In February, I wrote to Prince Andrew to wish him a happy 56th birthday. This arrived yesterday in reply.

This kind of letter is exactly what you would expect from the Yorks. A few short lines, written by either Prince Andrew's private secretary, Amanda Thirsk or assistant private secretary, James Upsher. Sometimes the letter is on a full sheet, sometimes it is on a half sheet. And although it mentions a delay in replying, a month wait is perfectly normal for the Yorks.


This reply is a little nicer than last year's reply for Prince Andrew's Birthday. Replies from the York's don't always mention why you wrote. So it was nice to see that Amanda had taken the time to really read my letter, as it is clearly referenced at the end of the first paragraph.

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Tuesday, 22 March 2016

English Translation: King Philippe of Belgium's Brussels Attack Address

HM King Philippe of Belgium - Brussels, March 22, 2016

Ladies and Gentleman,

Today, our country is in deep mourning. For each of us this March 22 will never be a day like any other. Shattered lives, deep wounds, these sufferings are those of any country.

Mathilde and I share in your sorrow, you who have lost a loved one or who have been wounded in the cowardly and despicable attacks today.

We express our full support for members of the emergency and security services. Our gratitude also goes to all those who spontaneously offer their help.

Faced with the threat, we will continue to respond with determination, with calmness and dignity. Let's maintain confidence in ourselves. This trust is our strength.



(Translation is a combination of the French and Dutch text)

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