Friday, 12 August 2016

Duchess Camilla Birthday Reply (2016)

A very exciting piece of royal mail arrived today.

It was from Duchess Camilla, thanking me for the Birthday wishes I sent her. The card is similar to last year's Birthday Reply, a picture with a typed message on the back, which she hand-signed. The card is double the size of the typical Cambridge/Harry reply.

The picture is from October 2015, when Camilla attended the Man Booker Prize Award Ceremony. Camilla presented the award to the winner and gave a Speech.

The Man Booker Prize is a literary prize awarded to the best new novel, written in English and published in the UK. The Prize is awarded every year.

The name Man Booker comes from the award's founder & sponsors. The award was founded (& sponsored) in 1968, by the company Booker, McConnell Ltd (a food distributor). It was originally called the Booker–McConnell Prize. Over time the award became know, as simply, the Booker Prize. 

In 2002 the Booker Prize broke off from Booker, McConnell Ltd, and started its own foundation, The Booker Prize Foundation. The Man group (an investment firm) became the Prize's new sponsor, and the award was renamed the Man Booker Prize. 

Camilla is a big supporter of literacy and is Parton of a number of organizations that support literacy.  

Camilla has attended the Man Booker Prize, every year as of late, and it is one of Camilla's favorite events. No surprise that a book lover like Camilla would choose something literary themed for her birthday card. 

By pure coincidence, I actually talked about some of Camilla's work with literacy in my Birthday letter to her, particularly the Roald Dahl 100th Anniversary.  

The back of the card is particularly special as well.  I love the playfulness of the line: "It [Camilla's Birthday] seems to come round faster every year!" You also have to appreciate that Camilla took the time to hand-sign each card, and write the persons name. 

The envelope looks like the normal royal mail. Since this was something that Camilla hand-signed, it was sent by registered mail. 

What is very very very interesting is, the letter was sent to my old address. I moved in February, long before I sent my letter for Camilla's birthday. I was able to check, since I had typed them on my computer, both the letter and the envelope used my new address. So if you had just looked at what I sent, they would not have my old address. 

This tells me Camilla's office stores people's address on their computer (which if you have to print them on the envelope each time they write, makes sense). So when they typed in my name, my old address came up. 

I'm not sure if I should/ how to mention anything in the next letter I send to Clarence House (Prince Harry's Birthday next month), about the address change. A friend suggested I write now, thanking them for the reply, and mentioning the wrong address. I don't want to be rude, or act like I expect a reply. I write to send my honest well-wishes.

The piece of mail did get forward this time, but I'm not sure how long the post office will continue to do that.

Any suggestions on how to do this kindly and diplomatically would be appreciated. This was such a lovely response, I would hate to think of Camilla taking the time to hand-sign a card, and then it gets lost in the mail.

The Blue Monogram on the back of the envelope tells us that this was sent from Clarence House. 

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  1. When did you write to Camilla this year?

    1. Gert's Royals12 August 2016 at 17:17

      Beginning of July

    2. Thank you!

  2. I agree with your friend, why don't you try to write them thanking for their answer and mentioning the wrong address? In my opinion, of course!

  3. Hey Gert,
    For what it is worth, I'd reach out to them now and just let them know of the updated address. I a sure you can find a way to do it politely. And I am sure they'd be grateful to have correct information.

  4. Perhaps you could put "new return address" directly under your return address. Don't you just love though how the Royals have your name/address in their computers!