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Merlin Mon 27-Aug-07 20:28:43

Lovely card and message but a bit disappointed that it wasn't a handwritten signature - can't be too many people turning 100 at any one time can there?

WendyWeber Mon 27-Aug-07 20:30:51

There was something about this on the radio the other day (prog about longevity or something rather than telegrams) - over 3000 a year I think. So 60 a week. Hmm...grin

UCM Mon 27-Aug-07 20:32:45

I love the Queen and have to say I would be disappointed. But you never know, she might be suffering from something and just get wheeled out for occasions.

ladymuck Mon 27-Aug-07 20:33:12

I think that the Queen has to send out between 4,500 and 5,000 each year.

Certainly it is more birthday/anniversary cards than I send!

TheQueenOfQuotes Mon 27-Aug-07 20:42:21

and don't forget that wedding anniversaries from the 60th, 65th, 70th and every following year get one too......

beansprout Mon 27-Aug-07 20:43:32

Do you actually expect an 80 odd year old woman to sign this many cards every year?!!

maisym Mon 27-Aug-07 20:44:46

It might be hard for the queen as she's older as well

onlyWotz Mon 27-Aug-07 20:47:39

Merlin Congratulations to your nana, wow how lovely 10oth Birthday. Fantastic. smile

I am sure your nana didn't notice and if she did, I expect wouldn't have said anything to spoil such an occasion. Hope you didn't.

Its the thought, so I have been told.

MaryAnnSingleton Mon 27-Aug-07 20:50:52

dh's parents got a scanned signature on their Diamond anniv card from the Queen - but don't think anyone really expected her to sign it herself - congratulations to your grandma too !

potoroo Mon 27-Aug-07 21:06:33

Congratulations to your Nana...

Don't forget the cards go out to all HM subjects - including those out in the colonies

Kathyis6incheshigh Mon 27-Aug-07 21:08:58

Didn't it used to be a telegram? She wouldn't have had to sign those.

Merlin Tue 28-Aug-07 20:41:25

Thanks all for your congratulations and comments.

Hadn't really thought about all her subjects around the world, together with the anniversaries etc - good point!

Anyway, we all had a fab day, looking forward to seeing her picture in the local paper tomorrow!!!!

southeastastra Tue 28-Aug-07 20:46:00

i suppose it's a sign of the times that more people are reaching 100. did anyone see the old dear in the paper today celebrating her 100th. she was a lifelong smoker and when asked why she thought it hadn't affected her said 'i didn't inhale' grin

WendyWeber Tue 28-Aug-07 20:58:30

You are right, sea!

<<in 1952, when she came to the throne, the queen sent 273 birthday telegrams to centenarians. Now that figure is over 3000 per year>>

Golden Jubilee factoid:

<<Almost 100,000 telegrams have been sent to centenarians during the Queen's reign. She's also sent 280,000 telegrams to couples celebrating 60 years of marriage.>>

Merlin Tue 28-Aug-07 21:36:33

Wow WW! That's a big increase! I'll forgive her for not signing personally!!!

lady007pink Tue 28-Aug-07 22:47:47

I'm amazed so many people live to 100! Esp with so much cancer and road accidents.
Congratulations to your Gran on reaching 100.

NotAnOtter Tue 28-Aug-07 22:48:44


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