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Receive Birthday Greeting From The Queen

100thbirthday celebration I was reading Jeffrey Archer’s latest book “And Thereby Hangs A Tail” when something caught my attention. The second story “The Queen’s Birthday Telegram” is a story of a man who receives birthday telegram from the Queen of UK when he reaches the age of 100. This left me wondering if such a thing really happens, so I looked around for information. And I found it to be true.


 

This is the second time I came to know about an important fact because of Jeffrey Archer’s book. From his last book “Paths of Glory”, I found the controversy behind the first man on Everest which I shared on this blog.

Coming to the topic, the official website of the British Monarchy www.royal.gov.uk has information about this important tradition that was started by King George V in 1917.

What is the tradition?

The Royal Household sends message to:

1) Individuals on their 100th and 105th birthdays and then every year thereafter.

2) Married couples on their Diamond (sixtieth), sixty-fifth and Platinum (seventieth) wedding anniversaries and then every year thereafter.

100th birthday greeting from Queen Earlier the congratulatory messages were sent as telegrams. From 1982, telegram was replaced by a special card with a personalized message inside. The cover image on the card is changed every five years to ensure that the card doesn’t look outdated, and those who are lucky enough to receive multiple cards do not get duplicates. The wording is also changed subtly so that recipients of more than one card do not receive exactly the same greeting again.

The text on the card is not made public to retain the element of surprise for those who have yet to receive their special greeting from the Royal Household.

Interesting Facts:
1) Queen Elizabeth-II’s signature has appeared on every card since 1999.

2)Queen Elizabeth-The Queen Mother, received an official 100th birthday greeting from her daughter Queen Elizabeth II in 2000.

Why was the tradition started?

This tradition was started to highlight the fact that the individual has played an important part in the history of the United Kingdom, and also to make the special day even more special. After all not everyone achieves this landmark.

Which Countries can receive message from the Queen?

All the citizens of the Queen’s realm and those of UK’s overseas territory are entitled to receive message from her.

How to receive the message?

To receive the message, one needs to complete an application form and send it to Anniversaries Office, Buckingham Palace, London. For further details about application procedure visit the official page.

I wish we have something similar in India to recognize the citizens who have seen India bloom from its slavery days to an emerging superpower.

Isn’t it interesting to know the various traditions that countries follows? There is one such interesting tradition followed in USA- read Why Obama used 22 pens for a single signature to find about it.

Were you aware of this fact? Do you know someone who received the message from the queen? Share your views on this tradition through your comments. Remember Comments are Do-Follow

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17 Responses to Receive Birthday Greeting From The Queen

  1. Vinayak May 30, 2010 at 6:05 pm #

    really the people in UK are so lucky
    I wish we had the system in India.In the place of Queen should have been the president.Well,thanks for the info.But I am disappointed by one thing.There were only 2 knowledgeable posts in the month of MAY.Well you can write more than that!!!
    Keep writing.

  2. Foxy May 31, 2010 at 4:38 pm #

    In holland you also recieve a telegram from the queen when you reach a special age or if you are married for a long time. She even sometimes visit the couples.

  3. Neus G June 1, 2010 at 1:49 pm #

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  4. Anshul June 1, 2010 at 2:28 pm #

    @ Vinayak
    I agree with you. Next month onwards you'll see more informative posts.

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  5. Anshul June 1, 2010 at 2:30 pm #

    @Foxy
    Thanks for sharing this piece of information. Those couple must be really lucky. And its kind of the queen to make their day special.

    @ Neus G
    Thanks for such nice words 🙂

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    Wow that's great!!! I never knew about this birthday and anniversary tradition from the UK. They should implement this hear in the united states with the president giving the greetings to you.

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    I am thinking that what will happen if this dream comes true that a person get an Birth Day invitation from Queen of UK. Really nice post.

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    I only dream of living to be 100 and receiving a telegraph from the Queen ! Though the current Queen will be dead and buried by then.

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