After the emotion for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth worldwide, the British Foreign Ministry takes over the embarrassment, given that Princess Mary of Denmark was unable to say goodbye to the English sovereign for the last time due to a mistake that some consider unforgivable. It seems, in fact, that the Foreign Ministry, which in recent weeks has sent hundreds of invitations around the world to allow rulers, dignitaries and prime ministers to pay homage to Elizabeth, has forced the royals of Denmark to make a choice. The provision was, in fact, to extend the invitation to the funeral only to two rulers, leading the Danish royal family to choose to send Her Majesty Queen Margrethe and Crown Prince Frederik to London, leaving his wife, Princess Mary, at home.
The mistake was immediately clear because the rulers of the Netherlands and Spain were three each, and not two as was communicated in Copenhagen. Initially it was communicated that the queen and the couple of princes would be present in Westminster, only to be rectified on 19 September with the sole presence of the sovereign and her son. The Foreign Ministry offered its “profound apologies” to Princess Mary of Denmark through the Danish embassy, even if the controversy surrounding the elusive protocol that should have regulated the excellent attendance at Elizabeth’s funeral does not subside. In fact, King William Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands were present at the function, accompanied by her mother, Princess Beatrix, and for Spain the Spanish King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia together with the former King Juan Carlos I and his wife Sofia.
“There was a regrettable mistake in the British Foreign Office’s protocol invitation,” the royal house told Danish news bulletin BT. With all due respect to Princess Mary of Denmark, who had to follow Elizabeth’s funeral from home like millions of spectators around the world, only her husband, Prince Frederik, and her mother-in-law, the Queen Margrethe. BT royal correspondent Jacob Heinel Jensen said the Danish royal house would be “shocked” by the last minute change. “He’s really clumsy and unfortunate. It means that the Royal House will have to admit that a mistake has been made, and that is embarrassing, ”she said. They were also present at the funeral the Japanese emperor Naruhito, who rarely visits abroad; King Jigme and Queen Jetsun of Bhutan; the Sultan of Brunei, and King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden. Queen Margrethe of Denmark enjoyed a close relationship with Queen Elizabeth II, and was among the first international monarchs to pay homage to His Majesty. Both queens are Queen Victoria’s great grandchildren, making them third cousins.
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