Friday, 9 March 2018

Princess Madeleine & Chris O'Neill welcome a little girl today!

HRH Princess (Name to be Announced) was born Friday, February 9th at 12:41 AM at Danderyd HospitalThe Princess weighs 3465 gram (Approx. 7.6 pounds) and 50 cm long (Approx. 19.6 inches). The little Princess is 10th in line to the Swedish Throne. Both mother and baby are doing well. The little Princess is the 3rd child of Princess Madeleine & Chris O'Neill, and King Carl Gustaf & Queen Silvia's 7th grandchild.

Friday 9th
  • Birth of little Princess at Danderyd hospital in Stockholm
    • 12:41 AM (Stockholm)
  • Cannon Fire to mark the Birth 
    • Noon
    • 21 gun salute from Skeppsholmen saluting station as well as from Boden, Härnösand, Karlskrona and Göteborg.
    Monday 12th
    •  King Carl Gustaf holds Cabinet meeting, with Crown Princess Victoria
      • 11:15 AM
      • Announce the name and baby's title
        • HRH Princess Adrienne Josephine Alice, Duchess of Blekinge
    • Te Deum Service at Royal Palace Chapel
      • 12:15 PM
      • Attended by Royal Family
        • King, Queen, Victoria, Daniel, Carl Philip, Sofia, & Chris
    • Congratulatory lists at the Royal Palace
      • 1-4 PM
      • Well-wisher can sign the list to send their congratulations to the couple
    • Crown Princess Victoria's name day Celebrations
      • 3 PM

    Thursday, 8 March 2018

    Crown Princess Mary of Denmark - Birthday Reply (2018)

    A reply arrived today from Denmark. I had written at the end of January to Crown Princess Mary for her 46th Birthday.

    The reply is their typical card we've seen over the years, although with the updated look. The Crown Prince Couple changed their card at the end of last year. I went into all the differences between the old version and the new version in our post about their Christmas reply.

    Although it's not as pretty in the photo, the card has a lovely textured edge.

    The message on this card is the same as past replies for Crown Princess Mary's birthday, except now the card is from the Cheif of the Court, not a Lady in Waiting.

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    Monday, 5 March 2018

    Queen & Cambridge Christmas (2017) and King Felipe 50th Birthday (2018) Replies

    Three replies arrived in the last week, 2 from the UK and 1 from Spain. I was away at a conference, so I wasn't able to post the replies until now. With this I think I have now received all my 2017 Christmas replies.

    Queen & Prince Philip 

    The first reply is from the Queen, for the Christmas letter I sent her and Prince Philip. The reply is a basic form letter.

    The Queen's office sends out a few different types of replies each year: A form letter like this; a form letter signed by a lady in waiting and personalized with the persons name; And a personalized letter from a lady in waiting with a personalized message. I've gotten all 3 different types over the years. 

    The Cambridges

    The 2nd letter is also from the UK, for the Christmas letter I sent the Cambridges. The Cambridges replied with a letter, written by Claudia Spens. While I always love geting a personal letter, I would have loved to get their photocard.

    King Felipe of Spain

    The 3rd reply is from Spain. I had written to King Felipe in January for his 50th Birthday. This is only 2nd reply I've gotten from King Felipe over the years, and the 1st letter. The letter is similar to those I received from King Juan Carlos & Queen Sofia. 

    Translated the letter reads:

    Head of The House of HM the King

    Palace of Zarzulea 
    Feburary 28th, 2018 

    Gertrude Daly

    Head of The House of HM the King

    With much pleasure, I on behalf of His Majesty the King convey to you, in his name, his sincere gratitude for the kind words of congratulations addressed to him on occasion of this special birthday.

    With kind regards, 

    Jamie Alfonsín

    At the bottom of the letter is a privacy statement, basicly saying they are keeping your personal data on file. Translated the statement reads: 
    In compliance with Organic Law 15/1999, you are informed that the personal data provided are included in the file "Protocol Information System (SIPROT)", the purpose of which is to carry out the functions of the protocol of this house. You expressly consent that such information may be transferred to the administrations and public institutions to which strictly enforces the successful completion of the procedures developed. You may exercise you right of access, reification, cancellation and opposition before the general secretary of the house of His Majesty the King, Palace of Zarzulea,  28017 Madrid.

    This is the first time I've seen a statement like this on the bottom of the letter. Although I know alot of the Royal Houses have databases when they keep some information about the people who wrote. 

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    Thursday, 1 March 2018

    March Q&A (2018)

    As always, post your Royal Questions & I will get to them as soon as possible.

    Question 1: What do you think about Harry, Meghan and Cambridges latest appearance together?

    Answer: I thought it was great. It was wonderful to see them all together and I really enjoyed learning more about the Royal Foundation and its future goals. I gained a deeper appreciation and understanding of their work.

    Question 2: What name do you think Princess Madeleine will choose for her third child? 

    Answer: I really have no idea. I'm always really bad at guessing baby names. I think it will be a good Swedish name that also works well in English.

    Question 3: What are your favourite royal replies?

    Answer: This is another hard question to answer as there have been so many really great replies over the years.

    There are so many reasons why a reply may be one my favourites:

    • Signed by the Royal (real, autopen or printed)
    • Personal message 
    • Handwritten message
    • An extra special event: 
      • Wedding,
      • Birth,
      • Jubliee, 
      • Milestone Birthday, 
      • etc. 
    • First reply I received from them
    • Unusual reply
    • Contains a photo
      • Particularly if it is large, or a previously unseen photo
    To list just a few of the many:

    Question 4: Have you ever wrote to Prince Alexander of Serbia, Prince Leka of Albanians or King Constantine of Greece? Do you have any replies or know if they reply to the letters? 

    Answer: Of those 3, I have only written to Prince Leka of Albania. I wrote for his wedding a few years ago. No reply and I don't think I've ever seen a reply from him. I have seen replies from the Serbian and Greek royals before, but haven't written to them.

    Question 5: I just received a reply from Duchess Sarah, a photo glued on a piece of cardboard. I was wondering how do you store the ones you have received? It will not fit in my binder nor the plastic. 

    Answer: They fit in my binder so I store them there. Sarah's envelopes from those photos glued to cardboard are the only thing that has ever been too big to fit in my binders, and since the envelope aren't really anything special I threw them away.

    Since the cardboard isn't anything special you could try to carefully trim it down. You could also just get a box where you store oversized items.

    Question 6: Would you mind sharing a photo of your binder or making a post about it? I want to store my letters somewhere but I don’t know how.

    Answer: I've reorganized my replies a few times over the years.

    I started out storing them in a decorative box, with all the different royal replies together in the order I had received them. I kept all the replies in their envelopes and it was a little hard to flip through and look at each one.  And I had some replies from Duchess Sarah that were too big to be kept in the box, so they were stored elsewhere.

    After about a year, I moved my replies to 2 binders, British & Foreign Royals. The Foreign Royals were divided by country and the British Royals were divided by individual royal.

    Late 2015
    When my binders started getting too full I divided the British royals into 3 binders (William/Kate/Harry, Queen/Philip/Charles/Camilla, and other British Royals), and moved the foreign royals to a bigger binder. Over time, I switched from having a section for each individual British royal to grouping them by couple/family. This is much easier since for Christmas, anniversaries, births, etc. I often write to the couple, not one royal.

    Mid 2017
    In November, I reorganized my binders again. The 4 binders were getting a little full, and I wanted to give myself room to grow over the next few years. So, I expanded the binders from 4 to 7 and there is now plenty of room for future replies.

    I typed up title pages for each section and labelled the binders better. At the bottom of the title pages, I have stickers to note which years, I have replies from. (For some where I have gaps in years, I have a sticker with an x through the year.)

    Each reply gets its own page (or two pages if needed). The replies are ordered based on when I received the reply. And I keep all the envelopes, except a few of Duchess Sarah's that were too big to fit in the binder. Each page is numbered with a sticker, and the color denotes the year I got the reply. This makes it really easy to flip through and find a certain reply from a certain year. (This is especially helpful since some royals send out almost identical replies year after year.) 

    9th & 10th Reply in the Queen & Prince Philip Binder

    To make it easy to flip through the binders different sections, I put red tape on each of the title page.

    Sunday, 25 February 2018

    Prince Harry & Meghan Markle's Christmas/ Engagement Reply (2017)

    A reply arrived over the weekend from the UK. It's from Prince Harry & Meghan Markle thanking me for my Christmas and Engagement letter. It's a pretty exciting and special reply, as this is the 1st reply I've gotten from Meghan and is for such an important milestone in the young couple's life.

    The reply is actually in response to two letters that I wrote. One to Prince Harry on November 26th wishing him a very Merry Christmas and New Years. And then a letter I wrote the next day, when Susprise! Prince Harry & Meghan Markle announced their engagement.

    The reply came in 3 parts: a letter and two photocards.

    The letter is from Claudia Spens, thanking me for my two letters. Claudia Spens is head of the Correspondence Section at Clarence House. I think it is really cool that despite the thousands of letters Clarence House has received over the last few months for Harry's Engagment, Christmas, Charles and Kate's Birthday, etc. that they were able to figure out I wrote two letters to Harry and sent one lovely reply for both. This is the first time I've received 1 reply for 2 letters.

    I think it is So Cute! that Claudia said in the letter that it's a happy time for Harry & Meghan "and indeed for us all." I'm sure the Royal Staff are just as excited about the engagement as we all are. It reminds me of when in a reply from the Queen, one of her Ladies-in-Waiting wrote, "the arrival of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge has given much pleasure to the whole Royal Family."

    The first photocard is for Christmas. The front of the card features the couple in Nottingham, on their 1st offical engagement together a few days after the announcement.

    The message is slightly different from past years, and obvious Meghan has been added to the message. It's exciting that from now on we will be writing to the couple for Christmas, not just Harry. And hopefully over the next few years we will be seeing some more additions to the family. 

    This Christmas Reply is extra special as it will be the only one that says "Prince Harry & Ms. Meghan Markle," as future Christmas replies will use their new title. 

    The 2nd card is for the couple's engagment. The front features the couple during their engagement photocall in the garden at Kensington Palace. 

    The back features a lovely message from the couple.

    The envelope is the usual from the British Royals, but it was a little extra thick this time. This was the first time I've gotten a letter and two cards in a reply.

    The back of the Envelope features the black crown with Kensington Palace which used by the William, Kate & Harry.

    I'm still waiting on at least two more Christmas replies, The Queen & Philip and the Cambridges.

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