The envelope features a postmark celebrating the 50th Annivesary of the P.E.N. Club of Monaco. The P.E.N. Club is an international organization of Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists, and Novelists. The envelope also features a stamp commemtating the 2017 Monte-Carlos International Circus Festival, which Princess Stephanie is president of, and a stamp of an Anthias Anthias fish (commonly known as the swallowtail seaperch) which is native to the Mediterranean Sea, where Monaco is located.
The reply is the usual flat card, with Prince Albert's Monogram embossed. As always, the card is dated with Prince Albert's Birthday. They have changed up the message slightly year to year. Unlike Princess Charlene's birthday replies, Prince Albert's are not always bi-lingual. But of course, there is a french version of the reply they can send out. The signature is printed on.
You will probably notice the lines on the paper. It is called Laid. It is from the paper manfacturing process. Laid Paper is an older paper making technique that was orignially done by hand with wire screens, that created the distintive line. I really like it becuse it give the paper a really nice teature and feel. And, as it is a more expensive process, it's usually higher quality paper.
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