Imagine my surprise tonight when I got home and had not one, but two princess letters waiting in the mail! I opened them carefully just as before. The first letter was from Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess Mary of Denmark. I was super excited to hear from her because of her awesome Cinderella story (reference below) and she is friends with Duchess Kate, but I was sadly disappointed when I saw the letter. I know princesses are busy and all, but can’t they all afford some letter writers. Queen Elizabeth II’s letter writers work for free, might I add!
|the royal envelope|
|“Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess has asked me to thank you for your kind letter.”|
Information on Princess Mary of Denmark
As mentioned previously, Mary has not always been a princess. She was born and raised in Australia where she played hockey and rode horses while growing up. During the Summer Olympics in 2000, Mary happened to meet Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark at a pub. That’s right, ladies – a bar! They had a quiet long term relationship for a few years – they wrote letters, emailed, and visited regularly. They continued their relationship when Mary moved to Paris, France to work as an English tutor. They officially became engaged in 2003. They were married in 2004 and honeymooned in Africa (see why Mary and Duchess Kate are friends?!). They now have four children.
|Princess Mary and Duchess Kate in Denmark in November 2011.|
Princess Mary seems to be very active in organizations involved with immigration, anti-bullying and skin care prevention. Mary learned Danish before her wedding and encourages immigrants to learn the language and culture of Denmark. Like Duchess Kate, Princess Mary is also into fashion. See their fashion show down here. She has been compared to Princess Diana and has graced the covers of many a Vogue magazine.
I like that she comes from regular beginnings and had such a romantical love story. I might have to find some biographies on her and Queen Elizabeth II. The one I read on William and Kate was really good.
The second letter I received was a little different. There were no official markings on the envelope, but I noticed it was from Amsterdam. As I opened it carefully, I noticed pink and brown. Since most royal stationary seems to be cream, I thought this was a little odd. Then I saw it was handwritten! I started to read…the letter was not what I expected, but it was just as cool and exciting. I typed it up below so you can see for yourself:
|handwritten envelope = suspicious|
|my letter and photo postcard of Princess Maxima|
An amazing thing happened to me! My name is Therese…and by a wonderful miracle your letter to Princess Maxima fell in my mailbox! I live in Nocrdeinde, just 20 metres away from the palace. I live in this house for just six months with my baby-girl of eight months. Imagine my surprise when I found your letter! I decided to read it and write you back. When my baby was born, everybody said she is like a queen. She is a princess. Now with your letter I say: you see? This is the proof! :o) I was married to an Egyptian man in Abydos in Egypt. When he wears his winter traditional clothes, I always said “you look like a king!” My plan is to make a copy of your letter and put that in the book I make for my daughter. I write a little note to Princess Maxima and I go to the palace to deliver it personally together with your letter. I truly wish she will answer you!
The Netherlands is beautiful. And very busy. Everybody is always in a hurry it seems. Many people travel by train and ride a bicycle, but most drive a car. Amsterdam is wonderful. There are still many old houses. My sister lives in such a house. I love it there. Der Haag, especially this area, is nice too. More quiet. There are so many beautiful places to visit, I would not know where to start. The country side with the woods is lovely to have a nice walk. But my favorite countries are Peru and Egypt. I love mountains, maybe because we don’t have them here. :o) If you ever go to Holland, please write me and I show you some nice places. I wish you all the best. And have a lot of fun with your project!
How cool is that? I think I’ll write back and have a pen pal in Holland! What do you think about the letter? Would you write back? Are you liking Operation: Princess Pen Pal posts?