Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Condolence Reply for Prince Philip from the Cambridges (2021)

This reply arrived a few months ago. I had written to the Cambridges following the death of Prince Philip. 

The envelope is the usual from the British Royals featuring the postmark from the Court Post Office at Buckingham Palace. 

The back features the Cambridge's usual Black Coronet/Kensington Palace. This is a standard envelope for the Cambridge replies. Although they do have the same design in letter size.  

Inside is not the Cambridges' usual flat photo card. Instead, it is a glossy folded card. The front of the card features the couple's individual monograms, W & C under the coronets of the Children of the Heir Apparent. The back of the card has a photo credit, (c) Anthony Devlin, for the inside photo.

Due to its glossy finish and thicker card stock, this card seems a lot more durable than the couple's normal photocard. This is very nice as this, a goodbye to Prince Philip, would probably be a much more treasured memento from recipients than their usual photo card. So, it is nice that they made this something that would last an extra long time. 

The black border is for mourning. And is an old Victorian-era tradition, that I find especially lovely. While some royals use this black mourning edging, it's not required that all royals use it. 

The inside of the card features a photo of Prince Philip, along with a typed message. The photo is from 2012 when Prince Philip attended the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Armed Forces Parade and Muster at Windsor Castle. 

The card says: 
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge thank you for your kind words following the death of The Duke of Edinburgh. 

Their Royal Highnesses have been incredibly moved by the many thoughtful messages they have received in recent weeks. 

They will all miss their much loved grandfather and great-grandfather, but your message has provided great comfort at this difficult time. 


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