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Royal Fan 09-27-2007 07:39 PM

Letters to and from The Queen
 
If I Wanted it to reach her on time when should I Send it can it be given Directly to her What should I Say:smile:

pinkie40 09-27-2007 10:20 PM

Is there a phone number the general public can call to Buckingham Palace?! (Not that I ever would but I have wondered for decades about this....)

Elspeth 09-27-2007 10:47 PM

You can write to the Queen at Buckingham Palace; the address is on the Royal Family website here:

How do I...? > Contacts

CasiraghiTrio 09-27-2007 11:33 PM

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Originally Posted by pinkie40 (Post 672683)
Is there a phone number the general public can call to Buckingham Palace?! (Not that I ever would but I have wondered for decades about this....)

Yes, there is a general public access number. It dials into the main switchboard of the palace. They can direct your call into the press office, the private secretary office, the lord chamberlain, the pay office for tours, gift shop, Royal Collection or whatever you are calling for.... They can transfer your call over to Clarence House or St James too.
If you ask for Her Majesty though, they will assume you are a prankster and
a) hang up on you
b) laugh good-naturedly and then politely end the conversation or hang up
c) condescendingly explain that members of the general public cannot be connected to the Queen. :lol:
I have a friend who many years ago when we were teenagers decided to call the palace and ask for the Queen just to see the reaction, and the lady she got on the phone was quite shocked. There was silence, then she said, "Er...no, that's not possible." :rofl:

Royal Fan 09-28-2007 04:57 PM

lol Priceless ! neat :P Wonder if theres anyway to get a personal reply to my Letter?

BeatrixFan 09-28-2007 05:32 PM

I've had to phone before and after three rings it says very politely and in a Scottish voice;

"If you have been asked to call this number urgently it is because of a hoax message and you should hang up immediately. If however you have a valid reason to call the Royal Household, please hold for an operator".

The message in question was a text message which read, "Phone Liz at.....immediately". Anyway, then you ask for who you want. In my case it was Princess Alexandra's office so they put me through and I spoke to a Lady in Waiting who helped me with what I needed helping with. But they won't put people straight through to the Royal concerned. If on the other hand, the Royal phones you, the phone rings and the Secretary says, "Princess Alexandra for you Sir" or similar and then there's a click and the Royal is connected.

ElisaR 09-29-2007 11:57 AM

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Originally Posted by Royal Fan (Post 672941)
lol Priceless ! neat :P Wonder if theres anyway to get a personal reply to my Letter?


When you send The Queen wishes, condolences and so on, usually you get a printed standard reply signed by a member of the staff (for example a Lady in Waiting), such as "The Queen wishes me to write and thank you for the message of good wishes you have sent on the occasion of her Golden Jubilee. etc."
However there could be a reference to something particular you wrote in your letter. For example, on occasion of the Queen's 80th birthday I included a short poem (written be me!) in my letter, and in the reply I was thanked for the "lovely poem". :smile:

RoyalProtocol 10-04-2007 08:09 AM

Send your Letter to Her Majesty The Queen and HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, KG, KT,
Buckingham Palace,
London,
SW1A 1AA.

This should really go to a member of staff but for such a personal occasion it is permissable to write directly. Be formal and polite and use capital letters liberally: The Queen, The Prince Philip etc.

End with a formal sign off: I have the honour to remain, Sir and Madam, Your humble and obedient servant,


Hope this helps.

Warren 10-05-2007 06:47 AM

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Originally Posted by Royal Fan
Yes it helps quite alot actually now to find a pencil sharpener

Don't forget to throw in a very low bow. That, and being a humble and obedient servant, would be most appreciated, especially coming from a US citizen.

msleiman 10-05-2007 08:41 AM

I wonder just how many letters she get in one day?

iowabelle 10-05-2007 02:48 PM

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Originally Posted by Warren (Post 675675)
Don't forget to throw in a very low bow. That, and being a humble and obedient servant, would be most appreciated, especially coming from a US citizen.

Can I omit the low bow/curtsey if I'm writing, Warren? I'm sorry, I do have a very few republican tendencies. :smile:

Warren 10-06-2007 06:09 AM

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Originally Posted by iowabelle (Post 675893)
Can I omit the low bow/curtsey if I'm writing, Warren? I'm sorry, I do have a very few republican tendencies. :smile:

My post wasn't meant to be serious but was pointing out the absurdity of an American citizen professing to be a "humble and obediant servant" to a foreign Head of State. Nonetheless, as you are a royal-watcher I would expect that you have your curtsey perfected by now. It would be a pity to waste it. :biggrin:

Elspeth 10-06-2007 12:00 PM

Yep, just take a photo of yourself in a deep curtsey and enclose it with your letter. :curtsey:

iowabelle 10-08-2007 04:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Warren (Post 676156)
My post wasn't meant to be serious but was pointing out the absurdity of an American citizen professing to be a "humble and obediant servant" to a foreign Head of State. Nonetheless, as you are a royal-watcher I would expect that you have your curtsey perfected by now. It would be a pity to waste it. :biggrin:

Yes, Warren, I knew you were kidding!

Actually, I attended kindergarten and first grade at The Earl of Athlone School in Winnipeg, Canada... so I can do a very good curtsey, not that I'll ever have to do one (although the Norwegian royals do appear in Iowa and Minnesota frequently!).

Tabby 10-25-2007 11:27 AM

How should one begin a letter of congratulations to both the Queen and Prince Philip? Would one write "Your Majesty and Your Royal Highness"?

RoyalProtocol 10-30-2007 05:50 AM

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Originally Posted by Tabby (Post 684537)
How should one begin a letter of congratulations to both the Queen and Prince Philip? Would one write "Your Majesty and Your Royal Highness"?

Yes this is Fine, Madam and Sir can also be used, (no "Dear") but I think Your Majesty and Your Royal Highness is the best option.

lilibet80 10-30-2007 09:17 AM

Years ago I wrote a letter to the Queen and enclosed several royal columns that I was doing at the time for a newspaper in New York. I did start the letter with Madam, but I could not bring myself to end it by calling myself her obedient servant. I ended the letter by writing "with greatest respect". I got a lovely reply from one of the ladies in waiting.

Candle 05-31-2008 01:50 AM

I received a letter in reply from Queen Elizabeth II
 
I received a letter in reply from The Queen Elizabeth II


7th May,2008
Dear xxxxx:

The Queen wishes me to write and Thank you for your lattre.

Her Majesty thought it was kind of you to write and tell her
about the Support Group of British Royal Family that you have
established in China,and the Group you are planning to establish
in France. I am enclosing a doublesided portrait of The Queen which
you may like to have.

I am to thank you again for your thoughtful letter.

your sincerely
Hwuabel Whitehead

princess leonor 05-31-2008 10:33 AM

What exactly is this Support Group of British Royal Family that you've created in China? What does it do for example?

Royal Fan 05-31-2008 01:13 PM

Congratulations thats awsome


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