Thursday, 2 November 2017

Duchess Sarah - Birthday Reply (2017)

A reply from the UK came today! I had written to Sarah, Duchess of York last month for her 58th Birthday.

The reply is the usual you see from her. The back of the envelope features Sarah's green Monogram.

Inside is a simple letter, thanking me for remembering the Duchess's Birthday.

The letter is signed by someone. Like usual no printed name or position. But the signature does look similar to the letters I've received from Sarah's office in the past, so likely the same person.

This reply had about the same response time as other years for Sarah's birthday.

Sarah has changed up the quote at the bottom of her letter. This year, she features J. M. Barrie, a Scottish Author, best known for his Peter Pan novels.

The quote reads: "Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves." - James M. Barrie (1860-1937)

There is quite a bit of Royal - Peter Pan connections:
  • The Royal Family actually knew the author, James M. Barrie. He used to tell stories to the Queen & Princess Margret when they were young girls. 
  • Barrie donated the copyrights for Peter Pan to the Great Ormond St Hospital. So, the royalties from the works and adaptions go to the hospital. There have been a number of royals connected to the Great Ormond St Hospital.
    • Queen Victoria was Patron (1852-?)
    • Princess Mary, the Princess Royal was Vice Patron and President (?-?)
    • Princess Diana was President (1989-1997)
    • Queen is Patron (1965- Present)
  • One of Barrie's novels is called Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens. And today there is a statue of Peter Pan in the public part of Kensington Palace Garden. (See map below)
  • Duchess Sarah gave a commentary on The Legacy of Pan for a featurette for the DVD of Universal's 2003 live-action Peter Pan.
    • The film was dedicated to Dodi Fayed, Princess Diana boyfriend. His father helped financed the movie.

Our guide for Christmas 2017 is now up!

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