British Monarchy

Find out more about the British Monarchy at www.royal.gov.uk.

Wedding Anniversary messages from HM The Queen.

100th Birthday Messages from HM The Queen.

Royal Visits to Devon

These notes are intended to assist those who are arranging a Royal Visit or considering extending an invitation to a member of the Royal Family.

Each Royal Visit has unique characteristics and not all aspects of the advice which follows will be applicable in full to every visit.  Nonetheless, the general framework for organising Royal Visits should be followed in all cases.

Download our guidance notes for royal visits to Devon pdf

 Royal Etiquette & Protocol

Contacting Members of The Royal Family

Due to the sheer number of people who wish to contact the Royal Family, correspondence is only possible via letter. Members of the Royal Family cannot be contacted directly via email or telephone.

There is no strict protocol about how a letter should be written, though some people wish to observe the traditional forms.

In which case, people may write to The Queen with the formal opening ‘Madam’ and close the letter with the form ‘I have the honour to be, Madam, Your Majesty’s humble and obedient servant’.

For other members of the Royal Family the formal opening is ‘Sir’ or ‘Madam’. Other people prefer to open their letter with ‘Your Majesty’ or ‘Your Royal Highness’ and end it with ‘Yours sincerely’.

How should I address Members of the Royal Family?

For The Queen: ‘Your Majesty’ on the first occasion, and Ma’am’ thereafter. Other female members of The Royal Family who hold the title Her Royal Highness: ‘Your Royal Highness’ on the first occasion, and then ‘Ma’am’.

For male members of The Royal Family who hold the title His Royal Highness: ‘Your Royal Highness’ on the first occasion and ‘Sir’ thereafter.

You can write to members of the Royal family at the following addresses:

The Queen
Buckingham Palace
London SW1A 1AA

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall

Clarence House
London SW1A 1BA

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh
Buckingham Palace
London SW1A 1AA

His Royal Highness The Duke of York
Buckingham Palace
London SW1A 1AA

Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex
Bagshot Park
Bagshot
Surrey GU19 5PL

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal
Buckingham Palace
London SW1A 1AA

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester
Kensington Palace
London W8 4PU

His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent
St. James’s Palace
London SW1A 1BQ

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Kent
Wren House
Palace Green
London W8 4PY