Applying for an anniversary or birthday message

Each year, thousands of birthday and wedding anniversary cards are sent on behalf of HM The Queen to people celebrating significant birthdays and wedding anniversaries.

The delivery of these messages is arranged by the Anniversaries Office at Buckingham Palace, continuing a tradition which goes back to 1917. 

Cards are sent to those celebrating their 100th and 105th birthday and every year thereafter, and to those celebrating their Diamond wedding (60th), Blue Sapphire (65th), Platinum (70th) wedding anniversaries and every year thereafter. 

Select a link below to find out how to apply for a birthday and wedding anniversary cards.  We would also be delighted to arrange personal greetings from the Lord-Lieutenant and a visit from the Lieutenancy Team.


Apply for a Birthday Message

Birthday cards from The Queen are sent to those celebrating their 100th and 105th birthday and every year thereafter. The Queen's congratulatory messages consist of a card containing a personalised message and come in a special envelope.

The Department for Work and Pensions organises birthday messages. The Centenarian Team at DWP will automatically notify the Anniversaries Office at Buckingham Palace of those approaching their birthday, to ensure everyone in receipt of a state pension receives a message.  For further information, please download the form below or contact the Anniversaries Office at Buckingham Palace on 020 7930 4832.

You can then apply to get a free birthday or anniversary message from the Queen for a British national.  Click to check who is eligible as a British national.

You can apply up to:

  • 3 weeks before the birthday, or 5 weeks before if you apply online

  • 6 months afterwards, for a belated message

You can get a message for someone’s:

  • 100th birthday

  • 105th birthday

  • birthday each year following their 105th

You can apply online 


download a PDF of the relevant form and apply by post:

Download a birthday message application form

If you require assistance, please contact the Clerk to the Lieutenancy.  We will be delighted to help you.


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