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Old 05-04-2005, 11:45 AM
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I wrote to Queen Elizabeth II on several occasions: the deathts of the Queen Mother, Princess Margaret, Princess Alice (in this case I wrote also to The Duke and The Duchess of Gloucester), the Golden Jubilee, the 50th Coronation anniversary and the birth of Lady Louise. In all cases I received a reply from a Lady in waiting.
Unfortunately I didn't write for the death of Sir Angus: I hadn't suitable paper and envelope and when I got them it was a little late... :(

The first time I got a reply I was very excited.
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Old 05-04-2005, 01:50 PM
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Postal Address for the Secretariat of HH Princess Alexandra of Denmark, Countess of Frederiksborg is:

Amalienborg
PO Box 2143
1015 Copenhagen K
Denmark

the official address for TRH The Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Denmark is:
Court of TRH The Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Denmark
Christian VIII’s Palace
Amalienborg Slotsplads 7
DK-1257 København K
Denmark

postal address for TRH The Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Denmark is:

PO Box 2143
DK-1015 Copenhagen K
Denmark

duno if there's a difference from the "offical /postal" address for the crown princely couple
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Old 05-05-2005, 05:20 AM
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well, i wrote to Prince Wills twice or more, like you guys said, just be myself and nothing special in the letters. but one time when it was near birthday, i wrote that if he wrote back, it would be the best birthday gift ever. then i got a reply from his secretary, sayin g that cos he got too many mails he couldn't write back.
another time i wrote to the Queen to say i was so sorry for her loss of her dog, i don't remember the name, but it happened last xmas or the one before. then i got a reply from her lady-in-waiting
both the letters were typed, signatures of secretary/lady-in-waiting are hand written. no pictures or autograph:(
i'm not sure if my letters are ok, cos i don't know the etiquettes about writing to royals. but i did write HM/HRH on the envelope. but it's hard to address them. shall i call them HM/HRH in the letter? won't it be too formal? or shall i call him Wills? will that be too casual? i don't know:(
i stopped sending them letters now cos it's costing a lot of postage! but i guess if Prince Wills gets married or big occasions like that someday i would send some gift for them:)
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Old 05-05-2005, 06:01 AM
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I never got any mail from any royal although I did send several Christmas Card to Queen Elizabeth II, a condolence letter to Queen Beatrix (upon the loss of Prince Bernhard) and a Christmas Card to Queen Margrethe II but I got e mail from the private secretary of Queen Noor thanking me for sending my condolences to Queen Noor upon the lost of her father, Najeeb Halaby.

Here, I copy from the e mail and Azrul Hisham is my real name

To: "Azrul Hisham" <cj_elseif@linuxmail.org>
Cc:
Subject: RE: Condolences
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2003 05:23:24 -0700

Dear Mr. Hisham,

Her Majesty Queen Noor has asked me to convey her most sincere gratitude for
your thoughtful letter of condolence, and for your kind and supportive words
on the passing of her father, Najeeb Halaby.

Yours sincerely,
Hania Dakhgan
Private Secretary to HM Queen Noor
Amman-Jordan


-----Original Message-----
From: Azrul Hisham [mailto:cj_elseif@linuxmail.org]
Sent: Friday, July 25, 2003 6:30 AM
To: noor@queennoor.jo
Subject: Condolences

Bismillahirrahmanirrahim

Assalamualaikum W.B.T

Dearest Your Majesty,

My heartfelt condolences to Your Majesty upon the passing of Your Majesty's
father. I am truly sorry about that and I pray May Allah SWT bless Your
Majesty's father.

Yours Sincerely
Azrul Hisham
Malaysia
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Old 05-05-2005, 08:10 AM
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Wow that is so interesting Ephram! i haven't heard of anyone receving e-mails from royals! it must have been heaps amazing when you opened your e-mail to find it! ^___^
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Old 05-05-2005, 12:44 PM
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well, i wrote to Prince Wills twice or more, like you guys said, just be myself and nothing special in the letters. but one time when it was near birthday, i wrote that if he wrote back, it would be the best birthday gift ever. then i got a reply from his secretary, sayin g that cos he got too many mails he couldn't write back.
another time i wrote to the Queen to say i was so sorry for her loss of her dog, i don't remember the name, but it happened last xmas or the one before. then i got a reply from her lady-in-waiting
both the letters were typed, signatures of secretary/lady-in-waiting are hand written. no pictures or autograph:(
i'm not sure if my letters are ok, cos i don't know the etiquettes about writing to royals. but i did write HM/HRH on the envelope. but it's hard to address them. shall i call them HM/HRH in the letter? won't it be too formal? or shall i call him Wills? will that be too casual? i don't know:(
i stopped sending them letters now cos it's costing a lot of postage! but i guess if Prince Wills gets married or big occasions like that someday i would send some gift for them:)

The more correct way to address The Queen:
beginning: Madam
conclusion: I have the honour to be, Madam, Your Majesty's most humble and obedient servant.
For other royals it's the same, with some changes where necessary: Madam or Sir, Your Royal Highness.
These are formal.
According to the official site of the British Monarchy many people open the letter with Your Majesty (or Your Royal Highness) and end simply with Yours sincerely.

In any case (even in a very formal letter), the royal should be addressed simply using you and your in the body of the letter.
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Old 05-05-2005, 10:19 PM
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Wow that is so interesting Ephram! i haven't heard of anyone receving e-mails from royals! it must have been heaps amazing when you opened your e-mail to find it! ^___^
Yes, that's absolutely for sure. I was so astonished when I found that she replied my e mail. I have sent many e mails to many royals who have e mails stated in their official sites on various occassion without hoping that they will ever reply me because I know receiving e mails/letters from royals is like waiting for a moon to land on Earth because they are so busy to entertain our messages and another thing is...well, at the end of the day they royals though, just like any other celebrities ...... but all of a sudden when we got one, that would be great.
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Old 05-06-2005, 07:55 AM
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conclusion: I have the honour to be, Madam, Your Majesty's most humble and obedient servant.
Perhaps if you're a citizen of one of the commonwealth countries, you address Queen Elizabeth like this. But for me as a person with my own monarch whom I "serve", it wouldn't feel right to end with this.

When I write to a royal I always address the evelope with their royal title, and usually also open with their title and name, and end with a nice phrase before I sign my name.

But I think whatever makes you comfortable is okay, as long as you write it with the common courtesy.
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Old 05-06-2005, 11:43 AM
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mmmmmm~
i don't think i could end with'I have the honour to be, Madam, Your Majesty's most humble and obedient servant.' as I am not a British citizen nor one of the Common Wealth. anyway,the etiquettes won't be too important cos the real royals never get to read them. just try to be nice, be polite in the letter, no need to be 'humble' or follow every exact rule
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Old 05-06-2005, 11:24 PM
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The royals of Liechtenstein read their mail and send autographed photos and cards as well. I got letters from Prince Hans-Adam and Hereditary Prince Alois, also a signed card from Hans-Adam and Princess Marie.
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Old 05-07-2005, 03:24 PM
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Perhaps if you're a citizen of one of the commonwealth countries, you address Queen Elizabeth like this. But for me as a person with my own monarch whom I "serve", it wouldn't feel right to end with this.

When I write to a royal I always address the evelope with their royal title, and usually also open with their title and name, and end with a nice phrase before I sign my name.

But I think whatever makes you comfortable is okay, as long as you write it with the common courtesy.
I understand what you mean. However that doesn't really mean that you are a servant. It is simply a formal address. I think that in the past this sentence was usual in formal letter to everybody.
Today is still used not only for Royals, but also for some other people (very few, anyway). For example, the ending of letter for a High Commissioner (which is a very important diplomat from, I think, a Commonwealth country) is: I have the honour to be Your Excellency's obedient servant.
Also in a formal letter to a foreign Ambassador accredited to the UK: I have the honour to be, with the highest consideration, Your Excellency's obedient servant.
To a British Ambassador accredited to a foreign country: I have the honour to be, Sir/Madam, Your Excellency's obedient servant.
Governor General: I have the honour to be, Sir or Madam (My Lord or Lady, if a peer), Your Exellency's obedient servant.
Similar senteces are adressed to Roman Catholic Archbishops and Bishops, with some differences in case you are a Roman Catholic or if you officially recognise him.
For Prime Minister and other important members of government: I have the hounour to be, Sir/Madam, Yours faithfully. However is rarely used today and Your obedient servant has become obsolete.
In all the above cases Yours sincerely is used in social letters.

My source is Debrett's Correct Form, 2002 edition.

After all I haven't any problem to address The Queen in such way. I quite enjoy it.
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Wow, It's GREAT! Do you know their e-mails addresses? Please write me!

Thanks!!!!
Unfortunately, I do not know their email addresses. I only sent them regular mail to

Castle Vaduz
9490 Vaduz
Principality of Liechtenstein

If you want a photograph, just ask. I did and was very excited to receive a postcard with printed and original signatures on it.
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Old 06-16-2005, 08:44 AM
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I've sent an e-mail to Empress Farah Diba Pahlavi and she answered (and that was so cool!)
I also wrote a letter to prince Filip and princess Mathilde and a card to prince Friso and
princess Mabel.
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Old 06-18-2005, 09:06 PM
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I have written a letter to Princess maxima congratulating her on her 33rd birthday.
She answerde me.
It is very exciting!

Does anybody knows the adress of Princess Mette-Marit of Norway?
Thanks, Vicky
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Old 06-23-2005, 06:53 AM
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I have written a letter to King Albert & The Duke of Edinburgh for their birthday & They sent me a thanks letter (by their equerry). HM King Albert, sent me a photo too. :)
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I got this pre-printed card in July 2004, after I had sent a bithday card for Princess Alexandra's 40th birthday. It is signed in handwriting by her (then being) Lady-in-Waiting Christine Lyng.
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I got this handwritten letter in the beginning of May 2004, after I had sent a birthday card for Princess Benedikte's 60th birthday in April 2004. It is handwritten by her Lady-in-Waiting, Countess Karin of Rosenborg.
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Old 06-26-2005, 05:39 AM
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Instead of receiving standards and unpersonal letters from royals (sorry everybody, that's my point of view), I'd love very much have the chance to discuss with a royal or someone related to a royal family.
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Old 06-26-2005, 09:50 AM
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fat chance of that happening unfortunately :(
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Old 06-26-2005, 04:44 PM
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fat chance of that happening unfortunately :(
Oh, you never know. I have the chance to be in contact (about other subjects, very far from royalty) with a woman related to royals. I thought I would never have this chance, but she's wonderful.
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