Tuesday, 30 August 2016

The Envelope - (Writing to the Royals)

The Envelope?
Some of the most common questions I get asked about writing to the Royals are about the envelope. How do I address it? Where do things go? How much postage? etc.

These are hard questions to answer because it depending on what country you are from. Different countries format their envelopes differently.

To help answer your questions, I have created a list of National Post Services with links to their website. You can find it here. They should answer some of your basic mailing/envelope questions.

One thing every postal service asks is to write clearly on the envelope. It can be typed or handwritten in Black or Blue ink. (Other color ink may be hard for a mail sorting machine to read).

Name of Royal:
The name of the Royal is important because it helps to make sure your letter gets to their office. Royal Palaces get a lot of mail each day for different royals and staff. You want to make it clear who the mail is for so it can get to the right office.

You can address it anyway people might normally address that royal (as long as it is respectful, clearly understood, and will fit on the envelope).

For example, for Queen Elizabeth of the UK you may use any of the following (or something similar):
HM Queen
Her Majesty The Queen
The Queen
Queen Elizabeth
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Second 
Elizabeth II
HM Queen of the United Kingdom

You can get more specific, and address HM in a way that is more personal to you:

HM Queen Elizabeth II, Head of the Commonwealth
HM Queen Elizabeth of ______ (Insert Commonwealth Country)
 Your Grace Queen Elizabeth I  (For Scotts)
Frenhines Elisabeth yr Ail (Welsh)
 Mrs. Elizabeth Windsor  (For Anti Monarchists)

I recommend you write the Royal's Name in one of the country's official languages, or English. All the European Royals are fluent in English, so it is always perfectly acceptable.

The Royal's Address:

This part is easy. We have a list of Royal Address, you can find it here.

Note: The addresses are sometimes written in the royal country's language. That is okay. Your country's post service doesn't need to understand the whole address, they just need to send it to the right country. Then that country's post service will deliver your letter to the right place. 

We have written the "COUNTRY NAME" in English, but it is best if you translate the "COUNTRY NAME" into your country's language. That way your post service can easily send your letter to the right country. The "COUNTRY NAME" should be written in all CAPITAL LETTERS, so the sorting machines can easily read it. 

Return Address? 
This is your address, where the reply should be sent. Write your address in the way it is usually done in your country, in your country's language. 

This will depend on your country. Letters sent internationally requires more stamps than a letter sent to someone in your country. Letters that are not a standard size, shape, or thickness may need more stamps.

Also Check Out: 
Writing to the Royals - Main Page

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Princess Anne Birthday Reply (2016)

A piece of Royal Mailed arrived today!!

I had written to Princess Anne earlier this month to wish her a happy 66th Birthday. I didn't mail my letter until shortly before her birthday, so this was replied to almost immediately when it arrived.  Princess Anne's office has one of the quickest response time I've seen, although they don't always reply. This was the 4th time I have written to Princess Anne over the years, but only the 2nd time I've gotten a reply.

It's a very lovely letter written by Assistant Private Secretary, Anne Sullivan. The letter is brief, but mentions why I wrote and thanks me for for writing. I find it interesting that the letter mentions where I am from.

Also Check Out:
Other Replies 

Monday, 22 August 2016

Prince George 3rd Birthday Reply (2016)

This arrived today! I had written to the Cambridges last month for Prince George's 3rd brithday, and received this lovely card in reply. It's their typical response, postcard size photo with typed message on back.

The picture on the front was a part of the set released for Prince George's birthday. It was taken at Anmer Hall. This is the first time George's birthday response has used one of the photos released for his birthday. Usually the Cambridges use an earlier photo, so they can get the card printed ahead of time.

The message on the back is the same as the ones for George's 1st and 2nd birthday.

George's birthday replies are always very special to me, cause the first time I wrote to the royals was Prince George's 1st birthday. So, Gert's Royals is now entering it's 3rd year of letter writing.

The back of the Envelope features a Black Crown with Kensington Palace written underneath. (The crown in the same one used in William, Catherine & Harry's Monograms.) We have been seeing this monogram get used more and more by Kensington Palace, usually for joint mail.

The British Royals don't usually do joint monograms, like you see with other royals. Instead they use the monogram of the more senior royal.

So this "new" black monogram is nice in that it can be used for joint things from the 3 royals or 2 of them. It's not exactly new, I remember seeing a few things with this years ago when their office was still at St. James Palace. But we've seen it on a number of royal letters now, and in official things. I think this is here to stay, and we will see a lot more of it.

Also check out:
George's 1st & 2nd Birthday Reply
Cambridges Other Replies
Other Replies

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Prince Alexander's Christening - 9th September 2016

Prince Alexander of Sweden
will being christened on Friday, 9th September. He is the 1st child of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden & is 5th in line to the Swedish Throne. He will be almost 4.5 months old when christened.

The christening will take place at the Royal Chapel at Drottningholm Palace. (Both Princess Leonore and Prince Nicolas were christened there.)

Swedish public service broadcaster, Sveriges Television, will broadcasting Prince Alexander's christening. The Live Coverage starts at 11:30 AM. The Live Stream and Service will both be in Swedish, but don't worry it's not hard to follow. And, of course, a bunch of us will be Live Tweeting the whole thing.

**Live Stream Link**

Schedule: 11 AM Stockholm = (10 AM London) (5 AM Toronto/New York) (2 AM San Francisco) (8 PM Sydney)

11 AM Guests start to arrive at Chapel

*11:30  Live Steam Starts*

12 Christening ceremony

12:45ish Guests leave Chapel

1 PM  King and Queen hold Reception

*1 PM Live Steam Ends*

(Later: Private Lunch)

Immediate Family, Godparents plus spouses, family friends, representatives from Parliament, the Government and Official Sweden.
  • Swedish Royals
    • King Carl Gustaf & Queen Silvia
    • Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel
      • Princess Estelle
      • Prince Oscar
    • Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia
      • Prince Alexander
    • Princess Madeleine and Chris O'Neil
      • Princess Leonore and Prince Nicolas
The children's attendance is are expected to attend, but the decisions will be made the day of. 
  • Foreign Royals
    • Prince Leopold and Princess Ursula of Bavaria
In lieu of gifts the couple has asked for donations to Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia Foundation and Project Playground.

If you are international, donations can also be made to a local children's charity, or to a some other cause you support. 

God Parents:
  • Crown Princess Victoria (Aunt)
  • Lina Frejd (Aunt)
  • Victor Magnuson (Reliative)
  • Jan-Åke Hansson (Friend of Carl Philip)
  • Cajsa Larsson  (Friend of Sofia)
Official Photos:
Official Christening Pictures should be released with in a few days of the ceremony.  There will be a few different combinations of photos:
  • Family: Carl Philip, Sofia, Alexander 
  • Extended family: Alexander, Parents & Grandparents (Both Sets)
  • Godparents: Alexander, Parents and God Parents
  • Aunts: Alexander, Parents & Aunts (both sides)
Prince Alexander will be christened in the same dress worn by Victoria, Carl Philip, Madeleine, Estelle, Leonore, Nicolas & Oscar at their christenings.

Christening Guests will be in Morning Dress.

You will see the member of the royal family wear their Family Order. Prince Alexander will be given the Royal Order of the Seraphim during his christening.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Royals attending the Rio 2016 Paralympics - September 7th - 18th

I would expect we will only see handful of royals attend the Paralympics. Members of the International Paralympic Committee are marked (IPC) Members of their national Paralympic committees are marked (NPC)

Great Britain 
  • Prince Edward of Great Britain (NPC)
  • Princess Margriet (IPC)
  • Princess Astrid & Prince Lorenz 

7th - Opening Ceremony 
  • Princess Margriet
  • Princess Astrid & Prince Lorenz 
  • Princess Margriet
  • Princess Astrid & Prince Lorenz 
  • Princess Margriet
  • Princess Astrid & Prince Lorenz 
  • Princess Margriet
  • Prince Edward
  • Princess Astrid & Prince Lorenz 
  • Princess Margriet
  • Prince Edward
  • Princess Margriet
  • Prince Edward
18th - Closing Ceremony

Back to Rio 2016 Paralympics Main Page

Friday, 5 August 2016

Brazil - Bio (Rio 2016 Olympics)

Full Name: República Federativa do Brasil (Federative Republic of Brazil)

Head of State & Government: 
Dilma Rousseff was elected the country's 1st female President in 2011. She is currently suspended, as of May 12, 2016, while she is undergoing a Impeachment Trial for legally manipulating government accounts.

Michel Temer, Brazil's Vice President, has been Acting President during this time.

Pic: Michel Temer & Dilma Rousseff at her 2nd inauguration in January 2015.

Member of United Nations: Yes. Brazil was one of the UN's founding members.

Former Royal Colony: Brazil is a former Royal Colony of The Portuguese Monarchy. The Portuguese started settling Brazil in 1500 under the rule of King Manuel I. Brazil declared it's independence from Portugal in 1822 & it was recognized in 1825.

  • Roman Catholic (65%)
  • Protestant (22%)
  • No Religion (8%)
  • Other Religions (5%)
During Portuguese colonial times, there was no freedom of religion. All Brazilian citizens and Portuguese settlers were required to be support the Roman Catholic Church. 

Population: 205,338,000 People

Language: Brazil is the only Portuguese speaking country in South America. 99% of the country speaks Portuguese and it is the official languages. Many cities have co-offical languages as a result of large immigrant populations.

National Anthem:

Map: The main part of the Rio 2016 Olympics Games is taking place in the coastal city of Rio De Janeiro. But some events are taking place elsewhere in Brazil. 

Recent Royal Visits to Brazil & State Visit from Brazil to Royal Countries: (Not a complete list)

  • President Lula of Brazil State Visit to the UK
  • King Abdullah and Queen Rania of Jordan visit Brazil during Latin America Tour
  • President Rousseff visits Norway for State Visit
  • President Lula of Brazil visits Spain for Official Visit 
  • Princess Anne visits Brazil for Pan American Games
  • Prince Andrew visits Brazil as Special Representative for International Trade and Investment
  • Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg visit Brazil on Official Tour
  • President Lula of Brazil visits Netherlands on State Visit
  • President Lula of Brazil visits Spain  for Official Visit 
  • President Lula of Brazil visits UK
    • Meets Queen 
    • Awarded Chatham House Prize by Duke of Kent
  • President Lula of Brazil visits Denmark for State Visit
    • lobbies for 2016 Olympics host selecton
  • Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla visit Brazil on Official Tour
  • Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands visits Brazil for the Unesco conference
  • Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden visits Brazil for Volvo Ocean race
  • President Lula of Brazil visits Jordan on State Visit
  • President Lula of Brazil visits Sweden on State Visit
  • Princess Marie of Denmark visit Brazil on Official Tour
  • King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden visit Brazil on Official Visit
  • President Rousseff visits Belgium for Brazil-EU Summit
    • Attends banquet hosted by King Albert II and Queen Paola
  • Prince Haakon of Norway visits Brazil to open the Peregrino oil field
  • Princess Madeleine visits Brazil with Childhood 
  • President Rousseff visits UK for 2012 Olympics
  • President Rousseff visits Spain for Official Visit
  • Prince Harry of the UK visits Brazil on Official Tour
  • Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark visit Brazil on Official Tour
    • Visited Rio 2016 Olympics Sites
  • Queen Máxima of Netherlands (Then Princess) visit Brazil as UN Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development
  • King Willem-Alexander & Queen Máxima of Netherlands (Then Prince & Princess) visit Brazil
  • Princess Elena of Spain visits Brazil
  • King Juan Carlos visit Brazil on Official visit
  • Queen Silvia of Sweden visits Brazil for Rio +20 Corporate Sustainability Forum

  • Prince Harry of the UK visits Brazil on Official Tour
  • King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium visit Brazil to attend FIFA World Cup
  • Prince Albert of Monaco visits Brazil to attend FIFA World Cup
    • With nephew Pierre Casiraghi & Beatrice Borromeo 
  • King Willem-Alexander & Queen Máxima of Netherlands visit Brazil to attend FIFA World Cup
  • King Filipe of Spain visits Brazil for 1 day official visit 
  • Duke of Gloucester of the UK visits Brazil on Official Tour
  • Prince Haakon of Norway visits Brazil on Official Tour
  • President Rousseff visits Sweden for Official Visit
  • Various Royal visit Brazil to Attend the Rio 2016 Olympics

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

New Q&A Page

We are changing how we handle questions on Gert's Royals. There are 3 things you need to know:

We have decided to move all of the monthly Q&A pages to a new Tab, called"Questions?".
This will have "This Month's Q&A", "Past Month's Q&A", our "FAQs", and a new "Writing Royals FAQS."

This Month's Q&A will no longer be listed on the "Calendar" Tab.


I feel like answering questions in the comment section doesn't always work well. It's not the best place to explain something in detail. I also can't go back and add anything, or edit it.

Also some of you have been asking questions on a random blog post, that has nothing to do with your question. I always worry that you are not going to remember the exact post you asked your question on. Or you will have trouble finding that post again, etc.

From now on if you ask a question on a random post, that has nothing to do with your question.  I will take your question and put it in this month's Q&A.

I will only answer Questions in the comment section, if the Question is about the post, or something related to it.

We have gotten a lot more questions on our Q&A Page lately. Which is great. I love that you are all figuring out where our Q&A Page is, and using it. (The Q&A page is the best place to ask your questions.)

I know I am a little behind on answer your questions. I have been busy, but I will get to them. I get asked a lot of questions all over, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Direct Messages, Emails, etc. And I do try to get to all of them as soon as possible.

Since I have limited time and a lot of question, I am going to try to answer the more time-sensitive questions first & less important questions that can wait, second,  So I will try to answer question in this order:

  1. Questions about something that just happened or something that's happening really soon. 
    • E.g. Which Royals are attending the Rio Olympics?
  2. Questions about something happening in a while. 
    • E.g.  Do William and Catherine will make a stop in the USA on their Tour of Canada, like they did last time?
  3. General Questions about royal things, places, people, events, etc.
    • E.g. How many children do you think Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco will have?
  4. Other Random Questions?

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Medal Count - Rio 2016 Olympics

Final Medal Count

Total Possible Medals: refers to the total number of medals a country could win taking into account that it is possible for athletes to win multiple medals, & that each event only passes out a silver, bronze & gold medal.

Monday, 1 August 2016

Prince Philip's 95th Birthday Reply (2016)

This arrived over the weekend.

I had written to Prince Philip, in June, for his 95th Birthday.

The reply is almost exactly the same as last year's birthday reply & written by the same person, Captain Frederick Moynan.

Captain Moynan is an Assistant Equerry for Prince Philip. Equerry's are Officers in the Armed Forces who serve in a Royal's household for a 2 year period. Equerries often help coordinate engagements, travel, etc. The position rotates through the different branches of the Armed Forces every 2 years. (Should not be confused with the Crown Equerry, who is in charge of the Horses at the Royal Mews.)

I would expect next year's reply will be written by someone else as Captain Moynan will likely have finished his time serving in Prince Philip's household.

It took the Palace a little longer to send the birthday reply this year, as would be expected given that this was a milestone birthday. But this is still a very good response time!


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

You will notice that the letter referred to him as Prince Philip. Phillip's replies are the only ones I have seen from the British Royals who uses the royal's name.

The Palace almost always refer to the royal by their title. This is why since his wedding Prince William has always been referred to as Duke of Cambridge and never Prince William by the Palace. This is the same reason why the Palace calls her Duchess of Cambridge and never Princess Catherine. They do the same with the other Prince and Princesses: It is always Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke of York, Earl of Wessex, Duke of Kent, etc. and never Prince Charles, Princess Camilla, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, Prince Edward, etc.

(Harry, George, Charlotte don't have titles of their own, so they always use their name.)

Since I know people will ask: No, I haven't gotten a reply for the Queen's 90th Birthday. Buckingham Palace has been very busy, but working hard. I keep seeing somebody get a reply every week or so, so they are working on it.

Prince Philip's mail and the Queen's mail are dealt with by different offices at Buckingham Palace, so don't read anything into Philip's reply arriving first.

Also Check Out: 
Other Reply from British Royals
Other Replies

August Q&A (2016)

As Always, Post your Royal Questions & I will get to them as soon as possible. 

Be sure to check out our new "Questions" tab!

Question 1: I've been waiting for a Letter from Belgium for 4 months and it hasn't come :( Do you think I will receive a reply? I think it's been too long.  

Answer: I have always received a reply from the Belgium Royals. I've written to them for deaths, birthdays, christmas, illness.  The longest I've had to wait is 3.5 months, so a 4 month wait time isn't that far off. It can take a while for replies in the summer because staff is often on holiday.

Question 2: Who are your favorite Royals?  

Answer: I've been asked this a few times, you can see our various answers here.
June Q&A - Question 3
April - Question 9 
March - Question 3 

Question 3a: I liked Princess Mary, but she seems really cold and distant compared to Maxima, Harry, even Charles. What do you think? 
Ps. I do admire Princess Mary's work, especially on gender equality.  

Answer: I think every royal gets called cold and distant. There are always people who say things, just because they don't really care for that royal.

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark has always seemed very warm and welcoming to me. She is very dedicated to her causes, and is always well informed and interested. I also really admire her work on gender equality.

Question 3b: I heard Princess Mary is lofty and spends much more money on clothes than even Maxima or Kate. What do you think? 

Answer: Crown Princess Mary certainly like designer clothes, but we also see her in regular everyday $50 dresses.  I don't think she spends more than any other royal lady, and I think she recycles clothing just as often.

You also have to remember that a lot of royals get designer clothes, or bespoke items, at a discount. So they are only paying a fraction on the sales price. Other times they maybe given something as a gift.

Question 4: I have been waiting for a reply from Queen Elizabeth for her Birthday for 2 months. How long will I have to wait? 

Answer: I've been waiting almost 4 months, so a bit longer than me. I still haven't gotten my reply yet, and I wrote in April. But I know Buckingham Palace has been working hard to get them all sent out.

Big events always take a long time to reply to everyone. We saw the same thing with Princess Charlotte's birth last year.

Question 5: What is your favorite Royal Wedding dress?   

Answer: That's a hard question to answer, there have been so many beautiful wedding dressed over the years. 

I am a fan of laces dresses, so Duchess Catherine's, Princess Grace of Monaco, Countess Stephanie of Luxembourg, & Princess Madeline of Sweden's are among some of my favorites. 

But I also like how some royals went a bit untraditional with their dresses.

Question 6: Are there any other good blogs like yours that are dedicated to royal letter responses? 

Answer: I can't really think of any who go what I do. I know a lot of people who write, but they don't exactly blog about them or only write a few times a year. 

If you go on Twitter and search a royal's name and the word "Letter" or "Mail" you can often find some stuff. Or if you search #RoyalMail on Instagram. 

Question 7: How long are your letters to the royals? Are they handwritten or typed? 

Answer: See our Writing Royal's Frequently Asked Question, here

Question 8: Do you know when the Queen travels to Windsor Castle?

Answer: The Queen spends Easter holiday at Windsor Castle, and then when she is in London she usually spends her weekends at Windsor Castle. 

Question 9: On your replies page for the British royals, you say that you have many other responses, but they were before your started blogging. Will you ever put them on the blog?

Answer: I started Blogging in January 2015. I had only been writing for a few month in 2014, so I don't have too many letters from back then (Most of them were for Birthdays). What I have tried to do is when I did a post for the Royal's birthday reply in 2015, I included 2014's reply that never got posted. 

So most of the replies are on the blog. They just don't have their own blog post.  

I have a few still that never got posted (From both 2014 & 2015), but they aren't that important, and they look just like all the other replies from that person. 

Question 10:  Hi. I have few questions about writing a letter for Prince Harry's birthday: 

a. If I send a birthday Card to him on 15 August would it be werid?;) If I send my letter 1 month before his actual birthday, will I receive a birthday photo reply? 

Answer: It wouldn't be weird to write a month early. It does take time for the letter to get there and for them to get to it. I think the perfect time is about 2 weeks ahead. But in reality you get to it, when you have times. Some times that means 30 days ahead of time, other times that means sending out your card on his birthday. 

When you write too early, sometimes the staff gets to your letter before they have made and printed the card for that event. So instead of the photo card, they reply with a letter. Or they don't have the card printed so it just sits in their office for 2 weeks till they do. 

We talk a bit about when you should write on our FAQ: Writing to the Royals. See Question #7.

b. Does Kensington Palace always send a photo of Harry for birthday replies? 

Answer: Prince Harry's mail is actually answered by the Correspondence Section at Clarence House. If you write to Kensington Palace the mail gets collected and taken to the Correspondence Section at Clarence House to be answered. So it get the quickest reply write to Clarence House directly.

Prince Harry
Clarence House
London SW1A 1BA

The usual Birthday reply is a photo with typed message on the back. It's a nice reply that they can send out to everyone. However when they send out a more personal replies, those are usually letters, and they often don't have a picture. But most people get the photo reply.

c. How long it takes for them to answer? Cause I usually wait 2-3 weeks for repiles form Harry? 

Answer:  It just depends, on when you write, for what occasion, how busy they are, etc. It could be very quick a few weeks or it could be a few months. It varies.

Question 11a: How long do you usually wait for a response for Prince George birthday? 

Answer: When they send out replies each year varies. It also takes them time to send out replies. So the time between the first reply and the last can be a few weeks or months depending on how busy they are & the type of occasion. For George's 1st I got my response Mid-August, for George's 2nd I got my response end of October. 

b. And can I send a letter even now, after his birthday? 

Answer: You can always send a letter. The Royals alway appreciate people's well-wishes. I would always try to get a letter out by the person's birthday. But I think there is that window after a person's birthday where you're obviously writing late, but it's still appropriate. And I would say that window is about a month. 

After that I would write a more general letter, and mention how you hoped that they had a wonderful _____. 

Question 12A:  What do you think about sending a Birthday letter to Prince Nikolai of Denmark? I doubt, if I will get a response, but maybe...? How Denmark Royal Family approach to getting letters for children? What is your opinion? 

Answer: I've never written to Prince Joachim and his family, so I don't know how they answer their mail. 

I have written for Mary and Frederik's children, but never for their birthday. I wrote once for Princess Isabella's first official engagement with mum.

And once when Princess Josephine's broken arm. 

I have almost always gotten a response from the Denmark Royals. So assuming Prince Joachim office handle their mail similarly, I think you have a good chance of getting a reply. & Birthday are always a good time to write. 

But even if they don't send replies, you can still write and send your well-wishes. 

B. Thank you for your help. And I'm sorry that I wrote my question under the post. Sorry!  

Answer: It fine that you posted the question on some random page that you were looking at. You think of questions, when you think of them. I just like when the question doesn't relate to the blog post, to answer them here on the monthly Q&A. I would have just taken your orginial question and answered it here.   

And I didn't get to your original question earlier, cause I was sleeping. 

C. When I write to Prince Nikolai, should I write on the envelope Prince Joachim or Prince Nikolai? Could you give me their address?

Answer: The address is the same for all the Denmark Royals:

Postboks 2143
1015 København K

You can address the envelope to either Joachim or Nicolai. I would address the envelope to whoever the letter is for. Your writing for Prince Nikolai's birthday, but are you writing to Prince Joachim about Nikolai's birthday or to Nikolai himself. 

Since Prince Nikolai is turning 17, you're likely going to be writing to him, and he going to be reading some of these letters himself. But with small children, people often write to the parents. 

We talk bit about this on our writing FAQ, on Question #6. 

Question 13: I'm curious how much is a stamp for a letter abroad in your town? Is it cheap or expensive?  

Answer: I'm from the USA. Assuming I'm sending a standard letter with a Forever stamps or Global Forever Stamp, at the current price.

Letter abroad: $1.15
Letter to someone in my country: $0.47 

So a letter abroad costs the same as 2.4 letters to someone in my country. 

But how expensive is that? 

My Favorite Starbucks drink costs about $4.50ish, so I can send 4 letters abroad for the same cost of my Venti Iced Chai Latte with non-fat milk and 2 pumps of Sugar-Free Vanilla