Sunday, October 28, 2018

Official Royal Postmarks - UK

Postmark from Court Post Office at Buckingham Palace (used 2019 - present)

There are a number of different postmarks for the British Royals. The postmarks usually relate to which post office your letter was processed though.

The Royal Mail (UK's national postal service) runs the Court Post Office at various royal residences (Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Sandringham, etc.). They receive all the incoming mail for the Royal Offices & Households in that area. They run additional security checks and then sort the mail and deliver it to the correct Royal office.

It is then the Royal Mail's job to collect all of the Royal's outgoing mail and take it back to the Court Post Office. It is there the outgoing mail is franked (stamped with the postage and postmark). The mail will then be sorted and sent out to be delivered.

This is why all of the royal mail from London has Buckingham Palace on the postmark; it is because that is the name of the post office where it is processed.

Since 2001, the Sovereign Grant has paid for the Royal's postage. Previously, the service was provided for free by the Royal Mail.

In March 2019, The Royals changed their PPI number. This forced them to redesign all of their postmarks.


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  2. I have belmoral castle. I believe I don’t have Sandringham

  3. If the Cambridge's and Sussex's mail is answered at Clarence House, why do the envelopes say Kensington Palace on the back of the envelopes?

    1. Kensington Palace is the name of the Cambridge/Sussex office, so it is included on their stationary. Publicly their office is considered to be Kensington Palace but their staff is actually spreed out in Kensington Palace & St. James Palace. And they also sometimes utilize staff from Clarence House and Buckingham Palace.

      It's common for the royals to have staff spreed across the different buildings. Charles's office at "Clarence House" actually has a lot of it's staff in St. James Palace, which is connected to Clarence House, as Clarence House is so small.

      So, it's more about the name of the office, than where the mail is actually being sent from.