When you have a baby, you want to show them off to everyone, right? You get beautiful pictures taken of them, and send them to every single person in your address book. But wait…there are a few extra people you should most definitely consider sending an birth announcement to. People like the president, Mickey & Minnie Mouse, the Queen and even the Pope.
When I was a brand new mom, I ordered way too many announcements. I had so many left over I didn’t know what to do with them. So I of course Googled, “who to send birth announcements to,” and came across this article. I had never even thought of sending announcements to anyone but my family. After a little more research I found another article on parents.com that included addresses and a bit more information on sending to the Pope.
I sent one to the White House, and after a few weeks received a response. It was a nice little card with the President’s signature. Make sure that when you send any of these announcements out that you remember to put your information inside the envelope as well. For the White House, they will send greetings for other occasions as well. You can send your announcements to this address:
President Barack Obama
Greetings Office Room 39
1600 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, DC 20500
I also sent one to Disney, however we never received a response. We will be trying again for the boy’s birthdays instead and we will use a different address. Most of the articles I have read about writing to Disney say that you can write to your favorite character, so I think I’ll give each character a try and see what we get back (and I will update you when we do!). According to successful fans, you will receive a signed postcard or photograph depending on what address and who you send to:
This one supposedly you get the autographed post card:
Walt Disney World Communications
P.O. Box 10040
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-0040
This one supposedly sends an autographed black and white photo:
Walt Disney Company
Attn: Fan Mail Department
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521
I failed miserably when sending to the Pope. I totally didn’t even think about adding extra postage or even looking to see if I had the correct address. Needless to say, I got a big fat “RETURN TO SENDER” on that one and got so busy that I didn’t even think to write again. I still would like to and plan on doing it one day. You can use this USPS site to figure and print postage for your specific letter (which for a normal letter size is around $3), but it may be easier just to take it to the post office. I also read again on this article, that for a Papal blessing it may be best to get your parish to do the hard work for you, and that it will cost a bit of money to do.
His Holiness, Pope Francis
00120 Vatican City
Request a papal blessing at this address:
Apostolic Blessings Office of Papal Charities
00120 Vatican City
There is nothing else you need to write on the addresses besides what you see there, because the Vatican City is its own city-state.
Now for the Queen, I’ve heard that you have to be English to get a response (and according to this site the Queen does not send greetings to the US or for birth announcements), and I’ve also heard success stories but that the letters back were from the Queen’s Lady in Waiting. We didn’t think about the Queen until my newest baby, so we are waiting for response still. There are some pointers at this site here, about writing appropriately and formally. Of course again you will have to look into the postage pricing difference (again around $3).
Her Majesty The Queen
London SW1A 1AA
If we get any responses back from this round I will be sure to update this post! As for now, we are waiting!
Have you sent birth announcements to anyone besides family? Comment below!
Saturday 4th of November 2017
You are right that you won't get a reply from The Queen, unless you are a British subject. Also, yes, the reply is from the Lady in Waiting. I did one for my daughter's birth, and will be doing another for my son. The fun thing is how to write the letter - it should start, "Madam,", "Your Majesty,", or "May it please Your Majesty,"
Sunday 4th of December 2016
You can also just email the White House at https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/presidential-greetings-request.