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Diamond wedding anniversaries

Since 1917, the Sovereign has sent congratulatory messages to people celebrating notable birthdays and anniversaries. For many people, receiving a congratulatory card from Her Majesty The Queen to mark a significant wedding anniversary is a very special part of their celebrations.

The delivery of congratulatory messages marking 60th wedding anniversaries is arranged by the Anniversaries Office, part of the Private Secretary's Office in the Royal Household, based at Buckingham Palace. Cards are sent 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.

Arranging a congratulatory anniversary greeting

For data privacy reasons, there is no automatic alert from Government records for wedding anniversaries, therefore to make sure that a message is sent for wedding anniversaries, an application should preferably be made by a relative or friend in advance of the special day.

In order to receive a congratulatory message from Her Majesty The Queen, friends or family must download and complete an application form (click here to download directly). Please return the completed form to:

The Anniversaries Office,

Buckingham Palace,

London SW1A 1AA

no sooner than three weeks before the celebration date. It is possible to receive a belated message up to six months after the event. The Anniversaries Office will write to confirm that the application has been received and approved.

You can now also apply online at https://apply.royal.gov.uk/Apply/.

Please note that it will be essential for you to provide the Anniversaries Office with documentary proof of the occasion – a good photocopy of the celebrants’ marriage certificate, which will be returned to you. You will receive prompt acknowledgement of your application, confirming that a message will be sent and returning all documents.

If necessary, you can obtain a certified copy of birth or marriage certificates from:

The General Register Office (Anniversary Section)

The Office for National Statistics

Smedley Hydro

Trafalgar Road

Southport

Merseyside PR8 2HH

Telephone: 0845 603 7788

Arranging a VIP delivery

If you would like the Lord-Lieutenant to personally deliver the message then please contact the Clerk to the Lieutenancy to make the arrangement. If the Lord-Lieutenant is unable, through commitments, to delver the message personally she will arrange for the Vice Lord-Lieutenant or one of her Deputy Lieutenants to attend.

HM The Queen's anniversary greeting card