Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Tuesday’s Tip: Birthday & Anniversary Messages from The Queen and Governor General

What an amazing thing it is to turn 100 years old!

My father-in-law, William (Bill) Demoskoff, will celebrate his 100th birthday this June. My husband and his sister are planning to honour their father with small party to mark this special occasion.

William Demoskoff
Bill Demoskoff (2012)

I suggested that they also arrange for birthday messages from Her Majesty The Queen (Elizabeth II) and His Excellency the Right Honourable Governor General (David Johnston).


Contacting both our head of state and her Canadian representative is a simple process.

Queen Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II

I found the details on the FAQ page on the
Governor General’s official website.

To quote from the FAQ:

“How can I obtain a birthday or anniversary message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II? 

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II sends messages to Canadians who are 100 years of age or older and to couples who have been married for 60 years or more. These are issued by the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General.”

“How can I obtain a birthday or anniversary message from the Governor General? 


The Governor General sends messages to Canadians who are 90 years of age or older and to couples who have been married for 50 years or more. These are issued by the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General.”


David Johnston Governor General of Canada
His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston

A PDF request form is available online. Once the details are filled in, mail or fax the completed form with proof of birth to Rideau Hall, the Governor General’s official residence, in Ottawa. (The address appears on the request form.) A lead time of eight weeks is needed, and the congratulatory message sent two weeks before the event. There is no cost for this service.


The form does double duty: it has fields for birthday and marriage anniversaries. Simply chose the appropriate occasion.

That’s all it takes to get a unique way of celebrating such an important milestone in the life of a beloved family member!

Image credits:

• Wikipedia contributors, "Elizabeth II," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Elizabeth_II&oldid=593696130 : accessed February 3, 2014).


• The Office of the Secretary to the Governor General. This reproduction is a copy of the version available at http://www.gg.ca/


Copyright © 2014, Yvonne Demoskoff.

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