How would you like to get a birthday card from the Queen?
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How would you like to get a birthday card from the Queen? If you make it to your 100th, you just might!

For decades now, Queen Elizabeth has made a point to send messages of congratulations to people celebrating special birthdays and anniversaries.

And this month, the monarch has officially sent over one million messages of congratulations. The impressive milestone comes just weeks after her other record-breaking feat: surpassing her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria’s record as Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

So, what does it take to receive a personal message from the Queen?

According to the palace, cards are sent out for 100th and 105th birthdays and beyond, and 60th, 65th, and 70th wedding anniversaries and beyond. The messages are processed by the Anniversaries Office at Buckingham Palace, and are sent on The Queen’s behalf.

In honor of the millionth congratulatory card, the palace shared five fun facts about the Queen’s sweet tradition:

• The longest ever marriage to be recognized with a card from The Queen was in 2006 to a couple celebrating 83 years of marriage.

• The number of messages sent from the Queen has almost doubled in the last 10 years – an impressive total of 53,000 cards were sent in 2014 alone.

• The oldest people to receive birthday cards from the Queen had celebrated their 115th birthdays, of which there have been three.

• The most recent 115th birthday card sent from the Queen was to a woman in Jamaica this year.

• Other royals can receive cards, too! In 2000, the Queen Mother received a 100th birthday card from her daughter, delivered at the gates of Clarence House.

Know someone who is about to celebrate a milestone birthday or anniversary? You can apply for a congratulatory message here! (British citizenship for the celebrant is required.)

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