Saturday, December 30, 2017

Princess Anne & Sir Tim - Christmas Reply (2017)

A lovely reply arrived this week from Princess Anne and her husband, Sir Tim. I wrote to them Christmastmas and their 25th Wedding Anniversary earlier this month.

The letter is the typical reply from Princess Anne's office. It was written by Isabella Ward, Anne's Office Secretary. At the top of the page is Princess Anne's Coat of Arms.

The letter reads:
Dear Miss Daly,  

The Princess Royal & Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence have asked me to thank you for your letter dated 26th November with its kind message for the Christmas season and congratulations on their 25th wedding anniversary.  
Her Royal Highness and Sir Tim are grateful to you for thinking of them at this time of year and send you their best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.  

Yours Sincerely 
Mrs. Isabelle Ward
Office Secretary to HRH The Princess Royal 

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Hereditary Prince Alois & Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein - Christmas Reply (2017)

This is the 2nd year I've written to the Liechtenstein Royals for Christmas. Their reply is the same as last years. A premade card with an embossed coat of arms on top. The "Dear Miss Daly," and "Sincerely," have been written in by a secretary and the card is signed Sophie Liechtenstein & Alois Liechtenstein.

The message is in German, Liechtenstein's official language. It translates to, "Blessed Christmas and all the best in the New Year." 

There has been some question about whether it's a real signature or if the Liechtenstein Royals use a printed on or autopen signature. It is quite clear now that they do use a printed-on signature for at least some of their replies. The signatures on this reply & last Christmas reply are identical. But it is possible the Liechtenstein Royals hand-sign some of the replies, as I have gotten different signatures on other replies.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Queen Sofia of Spain - Birthday Reply (2017)

As you may know, the Spain Royals aren't really good about replying. They always don't reply. And when they do, they often only reply to about half the people who wrote. I have only gotten one other reply from Spain from King Juan Carlos & Queen Sofia last Christmas, despite numerous letters over the years.

So, when I wrote for Queen Sofia's 79th birthday last month, I wasn't expecting a reply.

Then this came in the mail. From the outside, it kind of looks like a piece of junk mail. But when you take a closer look it will sort of blow your mind, and make you feel like you've gone through a time portal.

It's a TELEGRAM!!!! A real-life sent, this century, telegram! I didn't even think telegrams still existed, but here one is. (This is the 1st Royal Telegram I've seen from this century. And my first piece of Royal Mail mailed from the USA.)

With this kind of telegram, the Spanish Palace sent the note electronically to the telegram company. The telegram company sent it to their Orlando, Flordia office, who printed it out and mailed it to me. (I guess this is a cheaper process than just mailing an international letter.)

Translated the message reads:

[Numbers & letters I assume are related to their Telegram Account] 
Palace of Zarzuela 

Mrs. Gertrude Alexandra Daly 
[My Address] 

As Chief of Protocol of the House of His Majesty the King & Her Majesty the Queen, Queen Sofia asks me to thank you for your kind words addressed to her on the occasion of her birthday. Warmest Regards, Alfredo Martinez Serrano

So bizarre to be getting a telegram. It lacks the polish of other Royal Replies, but this will definitely be one of my favorites because of its uniqueness.

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip - 70th Anniversary Reply (2017)

A lovely reply arrived today from the Queen & Prince Philip. I had written to them last month for their 70th Wedding Anniversary. 

Nothing special about the envelope, it is the usual from the British Royals. 

The back of the envelope features the Queen's coat of arms.

Inside is a very special tri-fold card. (The Queen's 90th Birthday card was similar, but had two panels instead of three.)

The front of the card features the Queen's Cypher, the distinctive EIIR. It stands for "Elizabeth II Regina." Regina is Latin for Queen. The front also features their years of marriage and a joint monogram. We don't often see joint monograms from the British Royals, so this is a real treat. (The Queen and Philip also have a joint monogram with their letters intertwined.)

The front of the card reads:
70th Wedding Anniversary 

The inside features two photos and a message from Queen on behalf of herself and Philip. (You will notice the Queen refers to him as Prince Philip, not his title Duke of Edinburgh.) 

The photo on the left is from their wedding in 1947. Per royal tradition, it was taken in the throne room at Buckingham Palace.  

The photo on the right was taken by Julian Calder at Buckingham Palace in Early 2011The photo is part of a special set of official photographs by Royal Images, the official library of official photos of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh. 

Royal Images is an organization that manages the set of official photos that are available for Royal's charities, government organizations, etc. to use for official things.

The card reads: 
Buckingham Palace 
Prince Philip and I thank you for your kind words on the occasion of our 70th Wedding Anniversary. 
Elizabeth R
I would have loved to see them use one of the official photographs released for their anniversary in the card. But those were taken in early November, and there likely wasn't enough time to have those printed on the card.