Saturday, 22 August 2015

Official Royal Tours for Cambridges + Harry

If the Overseas visit was just one day, one engagement or event, it is not included in this list (i.e. Cambridge 2011 UNICEF Denmark). This list also doesn't include tours and visit made with their Parents when they were children.

UpcomingTours are usually announced 1-3 months ahead of time
Prince Harry 
25th -26th October
Prince William 
November 29th - 30th
Cambridges 
Early 2018

  • Sweden & Norway


2017
Cambridges + George & Charlotte
17th- 21st July
2016

Prince Harry 
21st-23rd March
Cambridges
10th - 16th April
Cambridges + George & Charlotte
24th September - October 1st
Prince Harry 
20th November - 4th December
  • Caribbean (Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent & the Grenadines)
2015
Prince William 
February 26 - March 4 
  •  Japan and China
Prince Harry 
9th - 16th May
  • New Zealand
26th November - 4th December
  • South Africa and Lesotho
2014
Cambridges + George
7th - 25th April
  • Australia & New Zealand Tour 
Prince Harry 
16th -19th May
  •  Estonia and Italy
23rd - 29th June
  • Brazil and Chile
18th - 20th November 
  • Oman and the United Arab Emirates 
Prince William 
 20th - 21st September 
  • Malta 
    • Catherine was originally supposed to visit Malta, but on the advice of her doctors canceled due to Hyperemesis Gravidarum
Cambridges
7th - 9th December 
  • United States

2013
Prince Harry
9th -15th May
  • United States

2012
Prince Harry  
2nd - 8th March
  •  Diamond Jubilee Tour (Belize, The Bahamas, Jamaica, and Brazil)
Cambridges
11th - 17th September
  •  Diamond Jubilee Tour (Singapore, Malaysia, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu)

2011
Prince William 
7th - 21st March
  • Australia and New Zealand 
Cambridges
30th June - 8th July
  • Canada (+ USA)
2010
Prince William 
19th - 21st January (Unofficial)
  • Australia
17th -19th January
  • New Zealand
Prince Harry
29th - 31st January
  • Barbados 
18th - 19th December
  • Germany
Prince William & Prince Harry  
14th -19th June
  • South Africa, Botswana, and Lesotho

2009
 Prince Harry
29th - 30th May
  • United States

2005
Prince William 
28th June - 10th July
  • New Zealand

I may be missing a few things so just let me know. 

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Prince Albert's 10th Anniversary of Enthronement

I knew this letter was going to be different from the usual Monaco reply, when I noticed the back of the envelope was missing Prince Albert of Monaco's usual monogram (2 red A's under a crown). 

Normally, Monaco sends out bilingual, pretyped, notes on really nice quality paper. I've received these type of responses for Prince Albert's birthday, Princess Charlene's birthday and the birth of their twins

This reply was for my letter to Prince Albert to congratulate him on his 10th anniversary of being on the throne. The response was written on the 22nd of July and mailed on the 24th. It took 12 days in the mail, which is a little longer than usual.

Besides the lack of monogram on the back, the envelope looks exactly like usual. And Yes, that is Prince Albert on the Stamp.



Inside, instead of the usual pre-typed note, they sent a letter written by Prince Albert's Private Secretary, Christine Sprile and hand signed

The note is brief, but mentions why I wrote and thanks me for writing. The red print on the top of the page reads "La Secrétaire Particuliére De S.A.S. Le Prince Souverain De Monaco" which translated mean "The Private Secretary of His Serene Highness, the Sovereign Prince Of Monaco."



This letter is very sweet with lot of nice adjectives: great pleasure, kind wishes, sincere thanks, thoughtful attention, much appreciated, best regards. 

One of the things I found most interesting about this letter is the Date. It is written Month, Day, Year,  which is how we write the date in the USA, but isn't commonly used by in Europe. The date is typically write Day, Month, Year as seen in the postmark on the envelope. I've only had a few responses with the the date written M/D/Y. Prince Albert's birthday response has the date M/D/Y on the english side and the date D/M/Y on the French. 

Another interesting thing was the salutation "With my best regards". For the most part I've always seen "Yours sincerely" (Prince Harry's Private Secretary, Edward Lane Fox, wrote Yours Faithfully").  "With my best regards" seems more personal than the typical response, especially since the writer is normally writing on behalf of a royal and sending the royals thanks and best wishes, not their own.

And the last thing I have to say about this letter, is check out the awesome watermark, "opale". Only and handful of letters I've gotten have had watermarks. Opale is a brand of paper created by the UK company, Arjowiggins. Arjowiggins also make the brand Conqueror commonly used for Monaco's typical pre-typed responses.


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