I got a handwritten card from Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

I recently received a handwritten message of thanks from the Duchess of Cornwall.

A handwritten message from HRH the Duchess of Cornwall.
A handwritten message from HRH the Duchess of Cornwall.

I’m a big fan of Her Royal Highness and thought it would be nice to send her a birthday card. I sent an anniversary card to her and the Prince of Wales on their tenth wedding anniversary this past April. I received a very nice but unsigned card of thanks attributed to the couple in response and expected the same from my birthday card.

Members of the Royal Family receive a lot of mail and it’s unreasonable to think they read or respond everything that comes their way. But I figure they aren’t going to respond if you don’t send them something so I sent off a card with the slim hope that I might get a personal response.

And I did!

I received an A5 postcard with a photo of the Duchess at the 2015 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition taken by Thomas Alexander on the front and a message of thanks on the back.

The front of the card I received from the Duchess features a photo taken by Thomas Alexander.
The front of the card I received from the Duchess features a photo taken by Thomas Alexander.
The Duchess of Cornwall's royal monogram on the back o the envelope.
The Duchess of Cornwall’s royal monogram on the back o the envelope.

Here’s the card I sent her:

The front of my card features a photo of my prized four-piece Aynsley set which commemorates the marriage of Charles and Camilla.
The front of my card features a photo of my prized four-piece Aynsley set which commemorates the marriage of Charles and Camilla.
My well wishes to Her Royal Highness.
My well wishes to Her Royal Highness.

My birthday is at the end of June but I couldn’t be bothered to organize anything this year. I really wasn’t in the partying mood after the death of my beloved cat Khan.

By mid-July, however, I kind of turned a page and was ready to celebrate with my friends and figured that anyone who would come to a party in honour of the Duchess was a true friend. I thought it’d be nice to let her know about the party and convey the well-wishes of all attendees.

I’m absolutely thrilled and will treasure this note for the rest of my life.