Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Condolence Reply for Prince Philip from Prince Charles (2021)

I received this reply a while ago from the UK. I had written to Prince Charles & Duchess Camilla to extend my condolences following the death of Prince Philip. While I had written to the couple, the reply is from Prince Charles. 

The front of the envelope is the usual from the British Royals. 

The back of the envelope may look like the usual from Prince Charles with his Prince of Wales feathers. But, actually, this is different. Normally, Prince Charles's envelopes have the feathers in Red. This envelope uses black as part of the mourning of Prince Philip. 

Inside is a folded card. The front of the card features Prince Charles's Badge. The center of the badge has the Prince of Wales feathers. They are surrounded by the Order of Garter Belt and topped with the coronet of the heir apparent.

The black edge is a victorian era tradition for mourning. 

The inside left features a photo of Prince Philip & Prince Charles at a boat race in Isle of Wight in 1958. Prince Charles would have been 9 years old then. 

This photo was part of the set of photos shared after Prince Philip's death. But the photo isn't new, having been shared by Clarence House a number of times over the year. 



The inside right features a typed message.

The card says: 

The Prince of Wales thanks you so much for your kind message of sympathy. 

His Royal Highness has been enormously touched by the many generous messages that have been received in recent days; they have provided great comfort at this very sad time. 

The Prince of Wales sends you his warmest thanks and best wishes. 

The back of the card had a note about the photo. And includes the Forest Sustainable badge, which notes the paper is from a sustainable forest. 


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