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Birthdays and wedding anniversaries

Birthday cards

Deputy Lieutenant presenting birthday card from the King to woman on her 100th birthday
Deputy Lieutenant delivering a 100th birthday card from The King

Cards from HM The King are sent to people celebrating their 100th birthday, 105th birthday, and every year after.

The card comes in a special envelope with a personalised congratulatory message. Subject to availability, you can request for the Lord-Lieutenant to deliver the message on behalf of His Majesty The King.

If the person gets a state pension and lives in the UK, you do not need to apply. The Department for Work and Pensions will pass their details to the Anniversaries Office at Buckingham Palace.

For further information, visit Anniversary messages | The Royal Family

Request a personal delivery

If you would like to arrange for the Lord-Lieutenant to deliver the message personally, please contact us.

If the Lord-Lieutenant is not available, he will arrange for the Vice Lord-Lieutenant or one of his Deputy Lieutenants to attend.

We can only deliver cards on the date of the person’s birthday or afterwards, to ensure the card has arrived.

Wedding anniversaries

You can arrange for a card from HM The King to be sent to couples on their 60th, 65th or 70th wedding anniversaries, and every year after. The cards contain a personal congratulatory message and come in a special envelope.

To arrange this, a relative or friend needs to apply in advance of the special day.

If you have a photocopy of the marriage certificate, you can apply from five weeks before the celebration date. Either apply online or download an application form and send it to:

The Anniversaries Office
Buckingham Palace

If you don’t have a photocopy of the marriage certificate you will need to phone the General Register Office.

It is possible to receive a belated message up to six months after the event.

For further information see Anniversary messages | The Royal Family