Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein - Birthday Reply

A lovely reply arrived today from Liechtenstein. I had written to Hereditary Princess Sophie for her 52nd birthday last month.

The envelope is the usual from the Liechtenstein Royals.

The back of the envelope features the castle's partial address.

The reply is the typical from the Liechtenstein Royals, a flat card, with typed message and the embossed coat of arms. You will notice the typed message uses two different fonts. This is because they used this same card for all sorts of events.

The cursive part, "Many thanks for your kind wishes" is the most generic form of the card that can be used for any event.

The text, "on the occasion of my birthday," is added for birthday replies. The cards are usually then either auto-penned or hand-signed by the particular royal. (& often we will see a mix of both for an event.)

I've gotten both hand-signed and auto-penned replies over the years. But, this is the first time I've gotten a hand-signed personal message on my card.

The card reads:
Dear Miss Daly, 

Many thanks for your kind wishes
on the occasion of my birthday. 

Sophie Liechtenstein

Thank you for your kind words, 
especially for the 300th birthday of our country. 

Obviously, I had mentioned Liechtenstein's 300th Birthday in my birthday letter to Princess Sophie. Liechtenstein officially turned 300 in January 2019. But, there have been celebrations to mark this special birthday all year long.

It is always great to get a personal reply that mentions something you wrote in your letter. But it's even more touching when that personal reply is from a royal themselves.

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