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Euro royals will prove in effect for the Queen’s funeral: monarchs from the Netherlands, Spain and Belgium are among the first to confirm this as heads of state from around the world prepare to honor Her Majesty
The European royal family confirmed on Monday that they will be present at the Queen’s funeral.
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain and King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium will be among the 2,000 mourners expected at Westminster Abbey.
Representatives from the Swedish, Danish and Monegasque royal families are also expected, according to royal blogger Gert’s Royals.
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands were the first foreign royals to confirm their presence at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral next Monday
The king’s mother, Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, has also confirmed that she will be present at Westminster Abbey next Monday.
Unlike the 2021 Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral – which was limited to just 30 people – it’s likely that the capacity of 2,000 Westminster Abbey will be filled in honor of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.
The funeral congregation will be led by the new King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla, with William, Prince of Wales, and Catherine, Princess of Wales, following closely.
The Queen’s other three children, Princess Anne and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, Prince Andrew and Princess Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, will also be among the main mourners.
All eight of the Queen’s grandchildren are expected to attend, including Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall and her husband Mike Tindall, Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Princess Eugenie and her wife Jack Brooksbank, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.
King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia of Spain recently paid tribute to their distant relative with a heartfelt statement. They also confirmed their presence at the Queen’s funeral
King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium will also join the congregation in Westminster Abbey next week
The Queen’s cousin, Lord Snowdon, and niece Lady Sarah Chatto and her husband Daniel Chatto are also expected.
Other monarchs likely to attend the Queen’s funeral include King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg, and Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco.
Other possible guests include former King Constantine II and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece – who was deposed in 1973.
The confirmation from foreign royals at the Queen’s funeral comes shortly after they paid tribute to the monarch online.
Princess Anne (right) and her husband Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence stand in solemn waiting as Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin, draped with the Royal Standard of Scotland, completes her journey from Balmoral to the Palace of Holyroodhouse
The Queen’s funeral service at Westminster Abbey (pictured) could well fill the capacity of 2,000 people
After her death, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain paid tribute to their distant relative with a heartfelt statement.
The Spanish Royal Family echoed the sentiments of the Dutch and Swedish royal family by praising the Queen’s devotion to her country during her historic 70-year reign.
By posting a letter to King Charles III on the Casa Real Twitter account, King Felipe said he would miss his “dear” Aunt Lilibet, a figure he was close to.