Numerous heads of state and other royals attended the funeral of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II. Also the Danish Queen Margrethe (82) and her son Crown Prince Frederik (54). Initially Frederik’s wife Mary (50) was also expected. However, that turned out to be a painful mistake.
Rutger LuitenSource: The Independent
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“Her Majesty the Queen and the Crown Prince couple will attend Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral,” the Danish royal family said a week before the British monarch’s funeral. At the funeral itself, however, there was no trace of the Danish crown princess Mary.
That turns out to be the result of a nasty miss. Mary was initially invited, but later the British Foreign Office was forced to withdraw that invitation at the last minute. After all, Westminster Abbey could accommodate 2,000 guests, so that only heads of state and one or two other (royal) guests from each country were allowed to come. And so Mary fell by the wayside.
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The British Ministry said that Mary was “accidentally” invited because “a lot of invitations had to be sent in a short time”. The ministry has now offered “its deepest apologies” to the Danish royal family through the Danish embassy, a spokesman said.
In Denmark, the miss could not be laughed at. Royalty reporter Jacob Heinel Jensen of the Danish newspaper BT called the matter “awkward, embarrassing and embarrassing”.
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Interesting detail: the Dutch and Spanish delegations were represented with more than two people: King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima and Princess Beatrix for the Netherlands, King Felipe and Queen Letizia, together with the former royal couple Juan Carlos and his wife Sofia.