Sunday, December 25, 2005

New Zealand




















New Zealand's Prime Minister Helen Clark became the sixth world leader to honor my request.

Apparently she's a woman of few words. Enclosed were the photograph and a blank 'with compliments' piece of stationary. The envelope contained no further correspondence.

As with the envelope from Bermuda this envelope had the words "on Her Majesty's service" printed on it. Can anyone elaborate on it's meaning?











5 Comments:

Blogger Diana said...

That's a very good photo of her, she doesn't look that good in real life.
New Zealand is a self governing democracy. It is a monarchical state a constituent member of the British commonwealth of nations, the Queen of Britain is also the Queen of New Zealand and the ties with Britain are still strong

11:07 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

I don't know whether it's the photo or your scanning, but it seems narrowed. Compare at Wikipedia.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Clark

Yeah, for about 4-5 decades now, the Queen is separately the monarch of the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc. (although some Commonwealth members have converted to Republics -- and Australians keep talking about it). Thus they are several countries who share the same monarch, but not the same government.

Theoretically each state could in future enact its own succession legislation and the royal lines could diverge. This happened with the Netherlands and Luxembourg about a century ago, for example.

2:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On her Majety's service, means that it is government mail and no postage is required. Government mail in Canada used to have that on it until the frogs took over.

11:16 AM  
Anonymous Jez said...

You are lucky - in the UK most mail stamped "On Her Majesties Service" tends to be from the Tax Department.

2:11 AM  
Blogger Super Dooper Trooper Kaz said...

yes, new zealand, bermuda (and australia) among a few other countries are part of the british commonwealth, so any important internation stuff (or just important stuff on the government) is on "her majesty's service".
that photo looks much better than what the woman looks like in real life. she kinda sounds like a man when she talks too (hehe)

11:49 PM  

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