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Congratulatory Messages

You can get a congratulatory message from The Queen on special birthdays and certain wedding anniversaries.

What is a Congratulatory Message?

In 1917 His Majesty King George V began the tradition of sending messages of congratulations to those of his subjects celebrating their 100th, 105th and subsequent birthdays and 60th wedding anniversaries. Subsequent reigning monarchs have continued this custom.
Congratulatory messages are issued on the following occasions:
  • birthdays - The Queen sends messages to individuals on the occasion of their 100th and 105th birthdays and then every year thereafter
  • wedding anniversaries - you can request that The Queen sends her congratulations on Diamond (60th), 65th and Platinum (70th) wedding anniversaries and every year thereafter
Congratulatory messages consist of a card from Her Majesty. They come in a distinctive envelope, are sent special delivery through the Royal Mail and arrive, when possible, on the day of the anniversary.
You can find out more about congratulatory messages on the following information leaflet.

How do you receive a congratulatory message?

For those celebrating their 100th, 105th and subsequent birthdays or those married in Northern Ireland there is detailed information about how to receive a congratulatory message from Her Majesty The Queen on the nidirect website. It includes the procedures you need to follow.
For those married outside Northern Ireland please go to the Official website of the British Monarchy.