How To Get Your 60th Wedding Anniversary Letter From
The Queen And The President

The 60th wedding anniversary letter from the Queen started in 1917 by King George V of England when he sent congratulatory messages to his subjects who were celebrating their 100th birthdays and their 60th wedding anniversaries.

The tradition lived on as succeeding monarch, the latest of them Queen Elizabeth II, held on to the tradition.

A diamond wedding anniversary letter from the queen is a more of a greeting card than a letter.

The congratulatory letter initially did not come from the reigning monarch but from the Private Secretary of the time in behalf of the Sovereign. A sample congratulatory message during the reign of King George V read:

His Majesty's hope that the blessings of good health and prosperity may attend you during the remainder of your days.

The congratulatory messages were sent as telegrams by the Royal Mail's Inland Telegram Service. In the 1940s the messages were renamed as Royal Court Telegrams with a Royal Crest evident on the top page.

At the start of Queen Elizabeth II's reign, colorful templates were designed and used changing every so often to keep up with new fashion and tastes. This was discontinued in the 1980s and was replaced by a combination telegram and message sent through by British Telecom. From then on, all congratulatory messages were in the form of a special card stamped with the Royal Coat of Arms and the Royal Mail Coach.

Update from the Anniversary Office at Buckingham Palace 2022

Please note that congratulatory messages are not being sent at this time and applications are not currently being processed since the recent announcement of the death of the Queen.

If you have already made an online or postal application to the Anniversaries Office, it will be processed when operations resume, and you will receive confirmation that a message has been arranged.

We will update this page as soon as we hear news from the Anniversary Office at Buckingham Palace.

When are Congratulatory Messages Issued?

The Queen sends out 60th wedding anniversary letters to couples celebrating such an occasion. Greetings are also sent out on a couple's 65th and 70th wedding anniversary and every year after. The card's design and format are changed every 5 years in case there are repeat recipients.

Congratulatory messages are also sent out to those celebrating their 100th and 105th birthdays and every year thereafter. The current message printed on the card is generally not publicized to keep the element of surprise. Since 1999, the Queen's signature appeared on every card sent out. Even the Queen's mother (Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother) received her 100th birthday congratulatory card from her daughter Elizabeth, the Queen, in 2000.

Who is Eligible to Receive A 60th Wedding Anniversary Letter From The Queen?

Only citizens of HRM the Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom Realms and UK Overseas Territories are entitled to receive such cards including 60th wedding anniversary letter from the queen.

The Realms are: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Papua New Guinea, St Christopher and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Tuvalu, Barbados, Grenada, Solomon Islands, St Lucia and The Bahamas and UK and Northern Ireland. The UK Overseas Territories are: Anguilla, Bermuda, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands, St Helena and St Helena Dependencies (Ascension and Tristan da Cunha), South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia, and The Turks & Caicos Islands.

How to Receive a Congratulatory Message

To receive a 60th wedding anniversary letter from the queen or a 100th birthday greeting from the queen download a form online and submit the application at least 21 days before the occasion to designated offices. Photocopy of marriage certificate or birth certificate is needed for authentication. If you live in UK, you can submit the application form directly to the Anniversaries Office at Buckingham Palace. Once you have applied, acknowledgement receipt will be issued in confirmation that you will receive a message from the queen and your documents returned.

Do you have to pay for a card from the Queen?

There is no charge for the card from the Queen for your 60th Anniversary.

However, there is a charge for the official frame for your card which comes with spaces for the card, tassel and photograph of the Queen.

You don't have to have the frame to order an Anniversary message from the Queen.

Congratulatory Anniversary Message From The President

If you live in the United States and are a citizen, the White House issues out congratulatory cards to those celebrating important occasions.

You can write to the White House Greetings Office to make your request either by the link for the online form or by mail.

White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

Washington, D.C.


Anniversary Cards from the President are available for

  • 50th Anniversary
  • 60th Anniversary
  • 70th Anniversary or greater

It is worth noting that the Greetings Card office is swamped at the moment and they are promising that the cards will arrive eventually! It will be best to send your request as soon as possible, several months in advance to hopefully receive your card on time.

In your application you will need to advise them of 

  1. The names of the Anniversary couple
  2. Name and address of the couple
  3. Information on yourself
  4. If they have been in the military
  5. Date of their Wedding

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