Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Royal Response to Manchester Attack (2017)

"The whole nation has been shocked by the death and injury in Manchester last night of so many people, adults and children, who had just been enjoying a concert.

I know I speak for everyone in expressing my deepest sympathy to all who have been affected by this dreadful event and especially to the families and friends of those who have died or were injured.

I want to thank all the members of the emergency services, who have responded with such professionalism and care.

And I would like to express my admiration for the way the people of Manchester have responded, with humanity and compassion, to this act of barbarity.




"Your Majesty,

It was with profound shock and sadness that I received the news of the dreadful attacks on innocent predominantly young people gathered in Manchester on 22 May 2017.

In this difficult time, my heartfelt sympathy is with you and with the British people. Please accept my deepest sympathy with the victims and my sincere condolences to their families.

I pray that the death toll and number of injured will not rise further.

Margrethe R."



"Your Majesty,

It is with great pain that the Grand Duchess and I have learned of the Tragedy that Occurred in Manchester last night. We are particularly horrified to learn that so many young people were present and are counted amongst the victims and the wounded. 

The Luxembourg people join us in expressing to Your Majesty our most heartfelt sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers go out the victims and their families. 

Grand Duke of Luxembourg"


"Your Majesty, 

It is with a deep emotion that I learnt of the unspeakable tragedy in Manchester.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the grieving families of the innocent victims of this new act of violence.

On behalf of the people of Monaco, my family and myself, allow us to express our feelings of deep pain and sorrow. 

Let me assure Your Majesty of our solidarity for the Victims and their families. 

Albert, Prince of Monaco" 


“We are profoundly saddened by the horrific attack in Manchester which has claimed the lives of so many young people. We sympathise deeply with all the parents who have received the dreadful news that their child has died, and with the victims’ other grieving relatives and friends. Our thoughts are also with those who are anxiously awaiting news about the fate of their loved ones.”


"I was deeply saddened by the tragic news of the terror attack in Manchester, resulting in the loss of so many lives and inflicting such dreadful injuries. I extend my condolences and ask you to convey the deepest sympathy of the Norwegian people to the bereaved families and to those who are injured. Harald R"


"There are no words to condemn these murderers. The rule of law will not surrender to terrorism. Spain with Manchester and United Kingdom."


"It's sad as the Queen and I received the message of the horrific deed in Manchester, UK.

This deed is another attack against the open and tolerant society that we all want to live in. It is important that we stand united together against this unimaginable evil.

My and the Royal family's thoughts go to the victims, their families and to the whole British people. "


I haven't seen any messages from Liechtenstein. They may have sent their condolences privately. 

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Wimbledon 2017 - Royal Attendance

The Championship Tennis Tournament at Wimbledon is a beloved summer tradition, and a highlight for Royal Watchers every year. 

The Royals almost always sit in the Royal Box at Centre Court. The day's matches in the Centre Court usually begin at 1 PM. 

Royals to look out for:  
Cambridges, Camilla, WessexsYorks, Phillips/TindallsGloucesters, Duke of Kent, Prince & Princess Micheal of Kents

Royal attendance is not usually announced in advance. Except for Duchess of Gloucester & Duke of Kent (Presidents of LTA & Wimbledon), and occasionally Duchess Kate (New Patron of LTA & Wimbledon) & Duchess Camilla.

In addition to the British Royal Family, expect some of their extended family, (i.e. Middletons, Camilla's sister, etc), as well as a few foreign royals. Maybe, Meghan Markle? She is a fan of tennis and has attended Wimbledon in the past (before relationship with Harry, and never in the Royal Box). Hopefully, she will bring Prince Harry along to his 1st Wimbledon Match. 

For more on Wimbledon & Who is invited to sit in the Royal Box.

Monday 3rd July
  • No Royal attendance has been announced
Tuesday 4th 
  • (Duchess of Gloucester will attend a Lunch for Volunteers at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club)
Wednesday 5th
  • No Royal attendance has been announced
Thursday 6th 
  • Duchess of Gloucester
Friday 7th
  • No Royal attendance has been announced
Saturday 8th 
  • No Royal attendance has been announced
  • [Usually Sport Persons & Member of Armed Forces in Royal Box]
Sunday 9th
  • Middle Sunday (No matches)
Monday 10th
  • Duchess of Gloucester
Tuesday 11th
  • No Royal attendance has been announced
Wednesday 12th
  • No Royal attendance has been announced
Thursday 13th  - Quarter Finals
  • No Royal attendance has been announced
Friday 14th  - Semi Finals
  • Duchess of Gloucester
Saturday 15th - Finals
  • No Royal attendance has been announced
Sunday 16th - Finals
  • Duchess of Gloucester

Friday, 12 May 2017

Royal Ascot Carriage Procession - 2017

During Royal Ascot, the Queen rides in the carriage procession each day, with other members of the Royal Family and special guests. There are usually 4 carriages, each with 4 people. The Queen always rides in the 1st carriage. The Carriage Procession begins at 2:00 PM. (Not every royal in attendance rides in the carriage procession.)

Who will be in the Royal Ascot Carriage Procession is not usually announced in advance. 
For Foreign Royals, Royal Family is in (Green).

Day 1 - Tuesday 20th
  • Carriage 1 
    • Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip
  • Carriage 2

  • Carriage 3

  • Carriage 4

Day 2 - Wednesday 21st
  • Carriage 1 
    • Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip
  • Carriage 2

  • Carriage 3

  • Carriage 4

Day 3 - Thursday 22nd
  • Carriage 1 
    • Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip
  • Carriage 2

  • Carriage 3

  • Carriage 4

Day 4 - Friday 23rd
  • Carriage 1 
    • Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip
  • Carriage 2

  • Carriage 3

  • Carriage 4

Day 5 - Saturday 24th
  • Carriage 1 
    • Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip
  • Carriage 2

  • Carriage 3

  • Carriage 4

    Royals Attending Royal Ascot - 2017

    Attendance is not usually announced in advance. The Queen attends everyday, with other members of the Royal Family.

    Trophies presented are in (Bold). For Foreign Royals, Royals Family is in (Green).

    Day 1 - Tuesday 20th
    • Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip

    Day 2 - Wednesday 21st
    • Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip

    Day 3 - Thursday 22nd
    • Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip

    Day 4 - Friday 23rd
    • Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip

    Day 5 - Saturday 24th
    • Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip

    Back to Royal Ascot - Main Page

    Sunday, 7 May 2017

    Queen Elizabeth & Queen Margrethe Birthday Reply (2017)

    Two royal letters arrived the other day, both from reigning Queen for the birthday wishes I sent.

    Queen Elizabeth II

    The first letter is from Queen Elizabeth. I had written to her in April for her 91st Birthday. I had of course also mentioned the recent Westminster Attack.

    The letter is similar to the one's I have received from the Queen in the past. But what is interesting is this was written by Miss Jennie Vine, a Deputy Correspondence Coordinator at Buckingham Palace. This is the 1st time I've gotten a letter from the Queen that was signed by someone other than a Lady-in-Waiting.

    I think the Ladies-in-waitings handle more of the good wishes and the correspondence office staff the more serious or official letters. The correspondence office staff do the more day-to-day stuff, as they are working full-time at answering letters. For the Ladies-in-Waiting answering letters is one of the many tasks they do for the Queen. 

    Queen Margrethe of Denmark 

    The 2nd letter is from Queen Margrethe of Denmark. I had written to her last month for her 77th Birthday. This was the 1st time I have written to Queen Margrethe for her Birthday. But I have written to her and Prince Henrik for Christmas and received a similar response. 

    Unlike the two Christmas replies I have gotten from her, this is a basic form letters, that they printed out for everyone. Nothing personal. One of the Queen's Aide-de-camp just filled in my name and signed it. 

    The Aide-de-camp's name is not printed on the bottom. This is usually done so that any of Aide-de-camp can use this reply. 

    Aide-de-camp is a French term that translates to Aide-in-camp. It is a Junior Military officer who serves as a personal assistant or secretary. 

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    Thursday, 4 May 2017

    Prince Philip Official Engagements (May - December 2017)

    Number of engagements since retirement announcement - 13

    May 4th, Prince Philip announced he is officially retiring from full-time royal duties in August. Until then, he will continue with his scheduled engagements.

    Like usual, some engagements are not announced in advance, or have not been announced yet. So don't take this as a complete list of everything he will do before retirement.

    After he retires in August, he will still do the occasional royal engagement. We don't know exactly what that would look like; We have marked engagements we think he might possibly attend as (Possible).

    (Possible) -  Not Confirmed or 100% Expected, but are events we think he might possibly attend

    **Past months at bottom of the page **
    (3 events in May before the announcement)
    Thursday 4th 
    •  Attend a Service for Members of the Order of Merit at the Chapel Royal, St. James's Palace
      • Host a luncheon
      • With the Queen
    Tuesday 9th 
    •  Visit Pangbourne College, Pangbourne, Reading, Berkshire, to celebrate its Centenary
      • With the Queen
    Sunday 14th
    •  Present the prizes for the DAKS Challenge Trophy, at the Royal Windsor Horse Show?
    Monday 15th 
    • Received a delegation from the Canadian Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Charter for Business.
    • Attend the President's Dinner for Chartered Management Institute at Banqueting House, in Whitehall
    Tuesday 16th 
    • Attend Buckingham Palace Garden Party
      • With Queen and Royal Family 
    Wednesday 17th 
    • Attend the Cormorant Club's 70th anniversary Reception, at the Royal United Services Institute, Whitehall
    Thursday 18th 
    •  Attend a Dinner marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of Pakistan, at Mansion House
    Friday 19th 
    • Host Dinner at Frogmore House for The Duke of Edinburgh's Award
    Sunday 21st 
    • Attend the Regimental Remembrance Service for Grenadier Guards at the Guards Chapel, at Wellington Barracks
    Monday 22nd 
    • RHS Chelsea Flower Show
      • With Queen and  Royal Family
    • Hold a Regimental Council Meeting for Grenadier Guards at Buckingham Palace
    • Attend the First Guards Club Dinner or Grenadier Guards at the Cavalry and Guards Club in London
    Upcoming Engagements:
    Tuesday 23rd 
    • Attend Buckingham Palace Garden Party
      • With Queen and Royal Family 
    Wednesday 24th 
    • Hold Receptions for young people who have achieved the Gold Standard in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award at Buckingham Palace.
      • With Edward and Sophie
    • Attend a Service at St. Paul's Cathedral to celebrate the Centenary of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
    Thursday 25th 
    • Hold Receptions for young people who have achieved the Gold Standard in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award at Hillsborough Castle.
    Tuesday 30th 
    •  Hold a Reception at St. James's Palace for the Air League
    Wednesday 31st 
    • Hold an afternoon Reception at Buckingham Palace for London Youth charity
    Thursday 1st 
    • Attend Buckingham Palace Garden Party
      • With Queen and Royal Family 
    Wednesday 7th 
    • Hold a Reception at The Queen's Gallery, at Buckingham Palace for Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust
    Thursday 8th 
    •  Attend a Dinner at 1 Great George Street in London for Smeatonian Society of Civil Engineers
    Tuesday 13th 
    • Attend Evensong at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace to celebrate the Centenary of the Companions of Honour
      • With Queen 
    Wednesday 14th 
    • Hold a Reception to mark its 80th anniversary of Plan International UK at Buckingham Palace.
    Friday 16th 
    • Hold the Senior Colonel's Conference for Grenadier Guards at Buckingham Palace.
    Saturday 17th
    • Trooping the Colours - Queen's Official Birthday 
      • The Irish Guards will be trooping
    Monday 19th 
    •   State Opening of Parliament 
    Tuesday 20th - Saturday 24th - (Unconfirmed)
    • Attend Royal Ascot 
    Tuesday 27th 
    • Present The Prince Philip Award for Contributions to Zoology, at ZSL London Zoo
    Friday 30th 
    • Attend a dinner at the Visitor Centre Restaurant at Sandringham House, for The Coaching Club 
    Monday 3rd 
    • Attend a Reception to mark the 50th anniversary of the Prince Philip Prize, at Trades Hall in Glasgow.
    Tuesday 4th
    • Attend Buckingham Palace Garden Party
      • With Queen and Royal Family 
    Thursday 6th 
    • Hold Receptions for young people who have achieved the Gold Standard in the The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
    12th -14th
    • Spain State Visit
    Wednesday 12th 
    • Official Welcome at Horse Guard Parade
    • Lunch at Buckingham Palace
      • View Royal Collection
    • Attend State Banquet
    Tuesday 18th 
    • Present awards at the Annual Meeting, at the Royal Geographical Society

        Prince Philip officially begins his retirement. 



        Date Not Yet Announced - (Possible) 
        • USA State Visit to the UK
        Saturday  10th - (Possible) 
        • Festival of Remembrance 
        Sunday  11th - (Possible) 
        • Remembrance Sunday at Cenotaph in Whitehall, London
        Date Not Yet Announced 
        • Attend Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace (Possible) 

        Monday, 1 May 2017

        May Q&A (2017)

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

        Question 1: Are we sure to get a reply for princess Charlottes birthday? I'm asking because they thanked everyone on Facebook and Instagram for their birthday wishes and I'm scared that we won't be getting a photo of her in the mail.

        Answer: The Cambridges will still send out their usual photo card reply. Don't worry. 
        They just wanted to make sure they thanked everyone for Princess Charlotte's Birthday Wishes. Most people only wished Princess Charlotte a happy birthday on Social Media, so they have to say thank you there. They have done this in the past. 

        Question 2: Do you think Prince Harry will visit NZ after Australia for the British and Irish Lions tour

        Answer: Nothing has been announced about New Zealand. There were rumors earlier this year that Harry would be joining the British and Irish Lions tour. I don't seem him being an official part of the tour. But certainly if he's in the area, I could see him stoping over for a match. There is a June 3rd & June 7th Match which are possibilities. 

        Question 3: How is it decided where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit on an overseas tour? How would I put in a request for them to visit an organization I work for to see if they would accept? 

        Answer: Overseas trips are usually coordinated by the Foreign Office. If it's a tour, often they have been invited by the country to make an official visit. What places the Royals will visit on their trip are going to be chosen by the Foreign Office, the British Embassy in the country, the country's government, the Royal's office, etc. This usually means organizations and charities that one of these groups are familiar with or has a relationship with. 

        I know in the UK, if you would like a Royal to visit your organization  it is best if you go through the Local Lord Lieutenant. They coordinate and plan everything for that area. They know when Royals are visiting, what would make a good visit and recommend things to the royals. 

        I'm not 100% sure on who to contact about the visiting an overseas organization. But you could connect the Foreign Office, the British Embassy in your country, someone in your government who would be planning such thing, etc. Or you could contact the Royal's office directly, by sending a letter to their Private Secretary. 

        Sometimes a royal make a short overseas visit to some special project in another country. But this is usually with one of their patronages, and something they are very familiar with. 

        Question 4: I send a letter to Princess Eleonore of Belgium on the occasion of her birthday. Do you think I will get a reply? Or does Belgium only responds to letters to adults?

        Answer: I haven't ever written for one of the kids, but I believe I have seen replies other people have gotten for children's birthdays. You just got to give it time. 1-2 months is normal. Eleonore's birthday was April 16th, so it hasn't even been a month yet. 

        Question 5: Would it be appropriate to send Prince Philip a letter because of his retirement? I would tell him how much I admired his work ethic and the way he always supported the Queen and I would also wish him a pleasant retirement. 

        Answer: It would be very appropriate. I think Prince Philip would really love to hear that people support him and wish him the best. His 96th Birthday is also coming up so feel free to mention that in your letter as well. 

        Question 6: I sent two letters to the Cambridges on the same day: one for their anniversary and one for Charlotte's birthday. I got a reply to the anniversary letter on Friday but nothing for Charlotte's yet. Should I be worried or do they send out her birthday replies later?  

        Answer: They get to things when they get to it. They get a lot of mail, and it takes a while to get through it all. Don't worry. It could take days, weeks, months. Just because you got one reply doesn't mean your other letter was next in the pile. 

        I've seen people write for the same event, at the same time, and get replies months apart. I've also written for one event, wrote again a month later for something else and got the reply for the 2nd letter before  the 1st.

        I think often they try to wait till after the kids birthday to start sending out replies. Especially if they are using the photo that was released for her birthday. 

        Question 7: When did you send your letter to the Queen this year?

        Answer: Probably wrote a week before her birthday. Lately, I haven't been good about getting letters out as soon as I would like. Usually I try to shoot for 2 weeks ahead of time. 

        Question 8: Did you have letters you sent to the Dutch royals that you didn't get a reply to?

        Answer: Yes, I've had quite a few letters to the Netherland Royals that haven't been answered over the years. I think they mainly been when I wrote after an illness/injury/surgery. Also Princess Beatrix for Christmas. 

        Question 9: Do you have any information on the Spanish royals? Like do they reply, who do they reply to? Is it possible that they only reply to people sending letters from European countries?

        Answer: The Spain Royals do reply occasionally. They just are unpredictable. There isn't really any logic I can point to. It's not a country specific thing. I've seen people get replies and not get replies from the same country. And I've seen plenty of replies to letters from outside Europe as well. It's not a language thing either. 

        After Christmas, I did a pool of GertsRoyals followers on Twitter and 50% of them got a Christmas reply, 50% didn't. So it's not that they only reply for certain events. I don't know why they don't reply to every letter. But I have seen people not get replies, and then get a reply, or vice versa. So you just have to get lucky. 

        Question 10: I have a reply from Camilla, handwritten on to a card with a typed anniversary thank you message. It looked like it was written in black marker. I had it on display in a frame (behind glass) in a sunny room, although the frame was not in direct sunlight. After a week or two, the colour of the ink changed drastically, to a purple colour. Then, thinking it was fading due to sunlight, I moved it to a dark room but it still continues to fade, now it is a bit reddish. How do you protect your replies? Do you lock them away so the ink keeps its colour? Do you think it's due to exposure to air or to the sun that is causing the fading, or does it fade on purpose, so that we know it isn't autopenned? 

        Answer: Ink fades naturally over time, and will change colors. There are a lot of different factors that cause ink to fade: light (both natural and artificial), oxygen, humidity, temperature, type of ink, type of paper, etc. 

        The biggest thing you can do it keep your autographs out of light.  

        I store all my letters and cards in binders, in plastic sheet protectors. I use red washi tape to mark the different sections. 

        Autopen signatures are written by a machine, but they use the same pens as a person signing it themselves.

        Ink from a printed on signature is going to fade just like any printer ink.

        Question 11: Can I sign my letter with my first name only? When I write to for example Prince Charles, I always sign with Miss X Y but I want to write to Sarah and I feel like it would look silly to begin my letter as "Dear Sarah" and sign as Miss X Y.

        Answer: You can certainly sign your name with just your first name. It's informal and more personal. But at times that's appropriate. I don't think I would do it when writing to the Queen or when doing something official. 

        I would make sure you have your full name somewhere on the letters. That way they can use your full name on the envelope. And also if they want to store you contact info it's easier with a first and last name. 

        Usually I sign my letter and have my name printed underneath.

        Thursday, 27 April 2017

        King Philippe of Belgium - Birthday Reply (2017)

        Today I received a lovely reply from Belgium. I had written to King Philippe of Belgium earlier this month for his 57th Birthday.

        The card is similar to Queen Mathilde's Birthday reply from this year & last year's, except her card was accompanied with a photo.

        I did write to King Philippe last year for his birthday, but the reply I got wasn't exactly a birthday reply.

        The message is in French, which is 1 of  Belgium's 3 official languages (Dutch, French, German). The message translates to:

        "Palace of Brussels

        His Majesty the King has received the kind wishes you have sent him on the occasion of his 57th Birthday.

        The King would like to cordially thank you.

        Brussels, April 2017"

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        Belgium Replies 
        Other Replies

        Wednesday, 26 April 2017

        King & Queen of Norway's 80th Birthday Celebrations (May 9th-10th, 2017)

        King Harald & Queen Sonja of Norway will both celebrate their 80th Birthday this year. Harald turned 80 on 21 February, and Queen Sonja will turn 80 on July 4th. 

        To mark their 80th birthdays, there will be two days of official celebrations in Norway attended by a number of Foreign Royals. 

        Tuesday, May 9
        • Appearance on Balcony
        Wednesday, May 10th 
        • Lunch on Royal Yacht Norge
        • Banquet at Opera House

        Royals Confirmed: Palace says 30-40 Royal Guest Expected.  The Palace will likely release a full guest list on the 8th or 9th. 
        • Norway 
          • King Harald & Queen Sonja
          • Crown Prince Haakon & Crown Princess Mette-Marit
            • Princess Ingrid Alexandra
            • Prince Sverre Magnus
          • Princess Märtha Louise 
            • 3 Daughters 
          • Princess Astrid
        • Belgium 
          • King Philippe & Queen Mathilde
        • Denmark 
          • Queen Margrethe 
          • Crown Prince Frederik & Crown Princess Mary
          • Prince Joachim & Princess Marie (just 10th)
        • Liechtenstein 
          • None
        • Luxembourg 
          • Grand Duke Henri  & Grand Duchess Maria Teresa 
            • Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume & Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie 
        • Monaco 
          • Prince Albert
        • Netherlands 
          • Princess Beatrix
            • King Willem-Alexander & Queen Maxima
            • Prince Constantijn  (just 9th)
            • Princess Mabel 
        • Spain 
          • King Juan Carlos & Queen Sofia (just 10th)
        • Sweden 
          • King Carl Gustaf & Queen Silvia 
            • Crown Princess Victoria & Prince Daniel
            • Prince Carl Philip & Princess Sofia
          • Madeleine Kogevinas (extended family) & Professor Bernhard Mach 
          • Desirée Kogevinas (extended family) & Carlos Eugster
        • UK 
          • Countess Sophie of Wessex
          • Lady Elizabeth Shakerley (Queen's Cousin)
        • Greece
          • Queen Anne Marie
            • Crown Prince Pavlos & Crown Princess Marie-Chantal
            • Prins Nikolaos & Prinsesse Tatiana
        Also Check Out:
        Norway Royals - Main Page
        King Harald's Silver Jubilee Celebration