Saturday, March 23, 2024

The Wales Family - Christmas Reply (2023)

This lovely reply arrived from the UK recently. I had written to The Wales Family last year to wish them a Merry Christmas. 

The card is the usual from the couple. The front features a photo of the family that was used for their official Christmas Card. The photo was taken by Josh Skinner. 

The back of the card is the usual of the sort, with a typed message for the couple. The message varies slightly each year. 

The card says: 
Thank you for your thoughtful Christmas message to The Prince and Princess of Wales, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, & Prince Louis.  
Their Royal Highnesses are very grateful and send you their best wishes for a very Happy New Year. 
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Tuesday, March 19, 2024

King Charles of UK - Christmas Reply (2023)

I received this reply from the UK a little while ago. I had written to King Charles for Christmas. Normally I write to couple's together, but since Charles, and Camilla have a practice of sending out separate replies I wrote to them separately. You can find Camilla's reply here

The reply was a folded card. The front of the card features King Charles's Cypher embossed in gold. The back of the card features a photo credit for the inside photo. The photo is credited to the Press Association, and was taken by Jane Barlow. 

Inside is a photo and message. The photo is from August 2023, when King Charles III inspected the Balaklava Company, 5th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, at the gates of Balmoral Castle. 

The message says: 
I am touched to received your kind and thoughtful Christmas message. I hope that you too had a very happy and peaceful Christmas and I send you a special thanks for your wonderfully kind support during what has been quite a memorable year! 
This card brings you my warmest good wishes for the new year.  
Charles R

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Princess Leonor of Spain - 18th Birthday Reply (2023)

I received this reply last year from Spain. I had written to Princess Leonor to wish her a happy 18th Birthday. 

The letter is similar to past letters, I have received from the Spain Royals. The letter is written by Bernado de Lizaur Cuesta, Head of Protocol. The letter does not specifically refer to Princess Leonor's 18th Birthday, but does refer to her oath of allegiance which she made on her 18th Birthday

Palace of Zarzuela
October 18th, 2023

Ms. Gertrude Alexandra Daly
(My Address)

The Head of Protocol of H.M. The King,
I am pleased to fulfill the task of His Majesty The King, and I send you, on his behalf,  his most sincere gratitude for the king message of congratulations that you have sent to you on the occasion of the oath of allegiance of Her Royal Highness The Princess of Asturias.  
I would would like to take this opportunity to send you a cordial greeting,  

Bernardo Francisco de Lizaur Cuesta 

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King Juan Carlos of Spain - 85th Birthday (2023)

I received this reply last year from Spain for King Juan Carlos's 85th Birthday. 

The letter is by Bernardo de Lizaur, the current Head of Protocol. The only other birthday reply I have from King Juan Carlos is from his 80th Birthday. This letter has a almost identical message, but was written by then Secretary-General.

The letter says:

Palace of Zarzuela
March 1st, 2023

Ms. Gertrude Alexandra Daly
(My Address)

The Head of Protocol of H.M. The King
His Majesty The King Juan Carlos has asked me, in his name, to send his sincere thanks, together with his affectionate greetings,  for the warm wishes that, on the occasion of his Birthday, you have been kind enough to send.

Upon fulfilling this request, I send a cordial greeting,

Bernardo de Lizaur

Monday, March 4, 2024

Condolence Reply following Death of Prince Constantin of Liechtenstein (2023)

Prince Constantin of Liechtenstein passed away in December 2023. I had written to Prince Constantin's father, Prince Hans-Adam to express my condolence to him & Prince Constantin's family. And I had also mentioned my condolence for Prince Constantin in my Christmas card to Hereditary Prince Alois. I received a reply from both of them. 

The envelopes for both replies was the same and features black mourning edge. 

The back features a crown above "Vaduz"  the name of the Luxembourg's castle. 

The two cards are identical, except for signatures. They features a embossed coat of arms along with a typed message. 

I've compared the signatures with past replies I have gotten from them and the signatures are not identical which makes it seem like they are real. But we do know they use Auto pens. 

The card says "With many thanks for your kind sympathy." 

This first card is signed by Prince Hans-Adam and is signed "Hans-Adam Liechtenstein." Prince Hans-Adam is the late Prince Constantin's father. 

This card is signed by Hereditary Prince Alois, Prince Constantin's older brother. It is signed "AL" for Alois Liechtenstein.

Sunday, March 3, 2024

Queen Margrethe of Denmark - Christmas Reply (2023)

I received this reply recently from Denmark. I had written to Queen Margrethe in December for Christmas. 

The front of the envelope is the usual from the Queen Margrethe

The back is also the usual with a Crown. What is very interesting is the green lining on the inside. I have only seen a tissue lining from Queen Margrethe once before. That lining was also green, but a lighter shade. 

Inside is a flat card. This is the usual we have seen from Queen Margrethe for Christmas in recent years. 

The card says: 
February 2024
Christian IV's Palace
1257 Copenhagen K


Dear Gertrude Daly, 
Her Majesty Queen Margrethe has asked me to thank You for Your kind Christmas and New Year's greetings. 

Sincerely yours, 



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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Queen Silvia of Sweden - 80th Birthday Reply (2023)

I received this reply from Sweden recently. I had written to Queen Silvia of Sweden in December for her 80th Birthday. 

The front of the card features Queen Silvia's Monogram, which is two "S" for Silvia under a crown. 

Inside is a photo of Queen Silvia from the King & Queen's visit to Vastra Gotaland County in June 2023 as part of King Carl Gustaf's Golden Jubilee Celebrations.  The right side had a typed message along with a printed on signature. 

The card says: 
For all the care and generosity shown to me In connection with my birthday, I want to express my warmest wishes.


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