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Foreign royals fly their flags at half-mast as they mourn the loss of ‘dear Aunt Lilibet’

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Foreign royal families have flown their flags at half-mast in honor of the Queen after news of her death yesterday.

The kingdoms of Spain, Sweden and Norway have all paid tribute to the Queen after it was announced that she has passed away at the age of 96.

King Felipe VI of Spain leads the royal foreign tribute to the monarch with a heartfelt statement saying he “would miss his Aunt Lilibet very much.”

In Madrid, the flag of the royal family was flown at half-mast next to the Zarzuela Palace as a sign of respect.

In Stockholm, the royal palace also flew the Swedish flag in the same way, as did Norway in Oslo.

Foreign royal families have flown their flags at half-mast in honor of the Queen after news of her death yesterday. Pictured: The Norwegian flag in Oslo

Flowers were also left by royal fans in front of the British embassy in Stockholm, where the Union Jack also flew at half-mast.

In the Netherlands, bouquets, cards and flowers were distributed for the British embassy in The Hague.

It comes when King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain join other European royals to pay tribute to their distant relative, the Queen, who has passed away at the age of 96.

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.

The Swedish flag is also flying at half-mast atop the Royal Palace in Stockholm today as a sign of respect

The Swedish flag is also flying at half-mast atop the Royal Palace in Stockholm today as a sign of respect

In Madrid, the royal family hangs the flag at half-mast next to the Zarzuela Palace, pictured.  King Felipe VBI led the tribute of the foreign royal family to the queen this morning

In Madrid, the royal family hangs the flag at half-mast next to the Zarzuela Palace, pictured. King Felipe VBI led the tribute of the foreign royal family to the queen this morning

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.

The fame between the British and Spanish royal households is due to Felipe’s maternal great-grandfather, King Constantine I of Greece (1868 – 1923), also the Duke of Edinburgh’s uncle.

In his statement, King Felipe expressed his condolences to the new king and said the British family was “in our hearts and thoughts.”

He wrote: ‘Your Majesty, dear Charles,

“Deeply saddened by the sad news of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, your beloved mother.

“I would like to offer Your Majesty and the British people, on my behalf and on behalf of the Spanish Government and the Spanish people, our sincere condolences.”

He continued: ‘Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth has undoubtedly witnessed, written and shaped many of the most relevant chapters in the history of our world over the past seven decades.

Flowers were also left by royal fans in front of the British embassy in Stockholm, where the Union Jack flew at half-mast

Flowers were also left by royal fans in front of the British embassy in Stockholm, where the Union Jack flew at half-mast

“Her devotion to duty, dedication and a whole life devoted to serving the people of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland are an example to all of us and will remain a solid and valuable legacy for generations to come.

“Queen Letizia and I send Your Majesty and all the family our love and prayers.

“You are all in our hearts and minds. We will miss her very much.’

The King and Queen of Spain, who always referred to Queen Elizabeth II as “Aunt Lilibet,” wrote a similar letter of condolence last year after Prince Philip’s death.

In a letter to the Queen, Felipe and Letizia wrote, “We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our dear Uncle Philip.”

King Felipe VI posted a letter to King Charles III on Twitter to express his sincere condolences on the death of Queen Elizabeth II

King Felipe VI posted a letter to King Charles III on Twitter to express his sincere condolences on the death of Queen Elizabeth II

The Spanish Royal Family’s tribute to Queen Elizabeth II followed messages of condolence from the Dutch and Swedish Royal Houses after news of her death was reported around the world.

King Willem-Alexander, the fifth cousin twice removed from Queen Elizabeth II, and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands led the tribute with a post on Instagram recalling their state visit to London in October 2018 when they were received by the Queen at Buckingham Palace and Prince Philip.

Their statement read: “We remember Queen Elizabeth II with deep respect and affection.

Steadfast and wise, she has devoted her long life to serving the British people. We feel a strong bond with the UK and its royal family, and we share their grief at this time.

“We are very grateful for the close friendship of our countries, to which Queen Elizabeth has made such an unforgettable contribution.”

The Swedish Royal Family also paid tribute to the Queen after the news of her death was announced.

In the Netherlands, bouquets, cards and flowers were distributed for the British embassy in The Hague

In the Netherlands, bouquets, cards and flowers were distributed for the British embassy in The Hague

In a statement also posted to the Royal Family’s official Instagram page, King Carl Gustaf Folke Hubertus said: “My family and I are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my dear relative Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

“The Queen served her countries and the Commonwealth with extraordinary devotion and duty.

“She has been a constant presence not only in British society, but internationally.

“She has always been dear to my family and a valuable link in our shared family history.

“We offer our sincere condolences to Her Majesty’s family and her peoples.”

King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, like Her Majesty and Prince Philip, is descended from ‘Europe’s grandmother’ Queen Victoria.

After an announcement yesterday afternoon asking that doctors were concerned about the Queen’s health, her children, including the new King Charles III, traveled to Balmoral.

Buckingham Palace confirmed in a statement on Thursday 8 September that Queen Elizabeth II passed away peacefully.

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