The delivery of congratulatory messages marking 100th Birthdays and 60th Wedding Anniversaries is arranged by the Anniversaries Office at Buckingham Palace.
For many people, receiving a congratulatory card from The Queen to mark a significant birthday or wedding anniversary is a very special part of their celebrations.
Since 1917, the Sovereign has sent congratulatory messages to people celebrating notable birthdays and anniversaries.
Cards are sent to those celebrating their 100th and 105th birthday and every year thereafter, and to those celebrating their diamond wedding (60th), 65th, 70th wedding anniversaries and every year thereafter.
The Queen’s congratulatory messages consist of a card containing a personalised message. The card comes in a special envelope, which is delivered through the normal postal channels.
The delivery of these messages is arranged by the Anniversaries Office, part of the Private Secretary’s Office in the Royal Household, based at Buckingham Palace.
The Pension Service informs the Anniversaries Office of birthdays for recipients of UK State pensions. But, for data privacy reasons, there is no automatic alert from Government records for wedding anniversaries.
The Anniversaries Office will write to confirm the application has been received and approved returning any documentation that may have been sent.
For this reason, to make sure that a message is sent for birthdays and wedding anniversaries alike, an application should preferably be made by a relative or friend in advance of their special day.
It is possible to receive a belated message up to six months after the event. But it is not possible to arrange a message for an event which took place more than six months previously. However, it may be possible to arrange a message for the anniversary/birthday the following year. An application should be made three weeks before the next anniversary.
Please send the completed Application Form (MS Word, 40KB) along with any necessary documentation to:
The Anniversaries Office, Buckingham Palace, London, SW1A 1AA.
Or you can apply for a congratulatory message online.