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King Felipe of Spain honors family ties to British royals and pays tribute to ‘dutiful’ queen

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King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain, along with other European members of the royal family, paid tribute to their distant relative, the Queen, who has died 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.

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.

King Felipe VI of Spain paid tribute to a ‘dutiful’ queen in a letter of condolence to King Charles III (Pictured: Prince Philip, Queen Letizia, Queen Elizabeth II and King Felipe VI of Spain just before a state banquet at Buckingham Palace in July 2017)

King Felipe (pictured greeting the Queen in July 2017 during a ceremonial welcome at the Horse Guard parade) affectionately referred to the monarch as

King Felipe (pictured greeting the Queen in July 2017 during a ceremonial welcome at the Horse Guard parade) affectionately referred to the monarch as “Aunt Lilibet” due to his distant relationship with Prince 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 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.”

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima paid tribute to the Queen in a statement on the official Instagram account of the Dutch Royal Family (photo: the Queen, centre, Queen Máxima, left, King Willem-Alexander, second from left, the new King Charles III, second from right, Queen Consort Camilla, right at Buckingham Palace in October 2018)

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima paid tribute to the Queen in a statement on the official Instagram account of the Dutch Royal Family (photo: the Queen, centre, Queen Máxima, left, King Willem-Alexander, second from left, the new King Charles III, second from right, Queen Consort Camilla, right at Buckingham Palace in October 2018)

Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands attend a ceremonial welcome at the Horse Guards Parade in 2018

Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands attend a ceremonial welcome at the Horse Guards Parade in 2018

The Queen walks through the halls of Buckingham Palace to attend a state banquet as she hosts the Dutch royal family in 2018

The Queen walks through the halls of Buckingham Palace to attend a state banquet as she hosts the Dutch royal family in 2018

Sweden's King Carl XVl Gustaf posted a statement on Instagram to say he was

Sweden’s King Carl XVl Gustaf posted a statement on Instagram to say he was “deeply saddened” by the passing of Queen Elizabeth II (Photo: King Carl XVl Gustaf of Sweden, Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Silvia of Sweden, Prince Philip)

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.

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.”

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 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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