Funeral of Elizabeth II: this big hiccup that left a princess on the floor

This Tuesday, the British Foreign Office apologized to Princess Mary of Denmark, who was mistakenly invited to the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

That is rather annoying! On September 13, a few days after the disappearance of Elizabeth II, the Danish royal family had confirmed that Queen Margrethe II, Crown Prince Frederik and his wife Princess Mary, would all attend the funeral of the monarch in London this Monday, September 19. And for good reason, like many heads of state around the world, they received an invitation from the Palace. However, during the ceremony which took place on Monday, it was clear that Mary of Denmark was absent subscribers. The reason for this program change? According to a statement from the British Foreign Office published on Tuesday, the princess would have been invited “by mistake“, since only two guests were authorized per country, according to the British press. A spokesperson for the institution explained that the hiccup was due to “a large number of invitations sent in a very short period of time“. If the Danish royal family paid the price for this handpicking, this is not the case for the Spanish and Dutch royal families, who had more than two guests each. Indeed, the King of Spain Felipe VI and Queen Letizia attended the funeral in the company of former monarch Juan Carlos I and his wife Sofia.On the Netherlands side, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima were accompanied by the mother-in-law, Princess Beatrix Difficult, therefore, to say why no breach of the rules could be made for Princess Mary of Denmark.

Funeral of Elizabeth II: these VIP guests who were present at the ceremony

In total, around twenty royal families were present at the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on Monday in London. We counted among others Naruhito, the emperor of Japan, who is however rare in visits, or Charles XVI Gustave, King of Sweden, accompanied by his wife Queen Silvia. Celebrities from all over the world were also there, like Elton John, Daniel Craig, Helen Mirren or even Sandra Oh, the star of the Killing Eve series. Renowned British naturalist David Attenborough, who often collaborated with the Queen, was also among the guests. The latter also has the particularity of being born only two weeks after the deceased monarch.

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Princess Mary of Denmark
Princess Mary of Denmark at the opening of the “2030 Now” exhibition in Sonderburg on September 1, 2022.

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Prince Frederik of Denmark, Queen Margrethe II
Prince Frederik of Denmark, Queen Margrethe II – Arrivals at the funeral service at Westminster Abbey for the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II of England. The sermon is delivered by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby (spiritual leader of the Anglican Church) alongside the Dean of Westminster David Hoyle. London, September 19, 2022.

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Princess Mary of Denmark
Princess Mary of Denmark at the official inauguration of the UC SYD campus at the University of Kolding, Denmark, September 6, 2022.

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Princess Mary
Princess Mary – Arrivals at the 50th anniversary dinner of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark at the Royal Theater in Copenhagen. September 10, 2022

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Princess Mary
Princess Mary – Arrivals at the 50th anniversary dinner of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark at the Royal Theater in Copenhagen. September 10, 2022

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Princess Mary of Denmark
Princess Mary of Denmark – Gala dinner at Christiansborg Castle for foreign guests and representatives of official Denmark as part of the celebrations for the 50th jubilee of the Queen of Denmark on September 11, 2022.

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Procession of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II
– Procession of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II of England from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner, near Buckingham Palace, to the sound of Big Ben and cannon shots. As part of the state funeral, the coffin will then be transferred to the royal hearse on its way to Windsor Castle. London, September 19, 2022.

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Procession of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II
Procession of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II of England from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner, near Buckingham Palace, to the sound of Big Ben and cannon shots. As part of the state funeral, the coffin will then be transferred to the royal hearse on its way to Windsor Castle. London, September 19, 2022.

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