reunite royal families from around the world. From Felipe and Letizia of Spain to Alberto and Charlene of Monaco

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Royal families around the world have all confirmed they will attend Queen Elizabeth’s funeral on Monday, September 19. 22 noble families will participate in the most impressive funeral ever in the United Kingdom since those, in 1965, for Winston Churchill. The country will stop because it is a national holiday, offices and shops closed, hospitals are already postponing routine appointments. It is estimated that millions of people will flock to the Mall to watch the procession or to watch the farewell ceremony from the screens set up in the parks. Westminster Abbey can accommodate up to 2,200 people. It was therefore necessary to choose – in a whole world that mourns the death of its queen – who is allowed to participate in the ceremony and who will not take part.

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King Philip VI and Queen Letizia of Spain and King William Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands were among the first to confirm their presence. There will be also Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco, Grand Duke Henry of Luxembourg, King Philip and Queen Matilda of Belgium, Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and King Harald V of Norway. But who are the most important royal families in Europe and beyond?

The royals of Belgium

The Belgian monarch Philip, who lives in Brussels with his wife, Queen Matilda, is thought to be a distant cousin of the queen, through his ancestor Leopold I, who was the first king of Belgium, and the uncle of Prince Albert, wife of Queen Victoria. The couple have four children, but will attend Monday’s ceremony alone.

Willem-Alexander, King of Holland

Dutch monarch Willem-Alexander and his wife were among the first to respond to the queen’s funeral. Her mother, Princess Beatrice, the former sovereign of the country, will also be present. Willem-Alexander is a distant relative of the queen via Queen Victoria.

Felipe and Letizia of Spain

Spanish King Felipe VI, who ascended the throne in 2014, will also be among the mourners at Westminster Abbey on Monday. He is his Majesty’s third cousin and last Friday he sent a heartfelt tribute to the royal family after the announcement of his death. His father Juan Carlos, 83, who abdicated in 2014 in favor of his son, 53, and has lived in Abu Dhabi since summer 2020 after becoming the target of several investigations in Spain for his financial reports, will be present at the funeral with his wife, Queen Sophia.

The Queen of Denmark

The Queen of Denmark Margrethe celebrated her golden jubilee over the weekend, but changed the process of the event after the announcement of the queen’s death. She had a good relationship with the monarch, who was a distant cousin of her, and she will be present with her son, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.

The Grand Duke of Luxembourg

The Grand Duke of Luxembourg and his wife Maria Theresa will also participate in the ceremony on Monday. Henri, who came to power in 2000, is also thought to be a relative of the queen through Leopold I, uncle of Prince Albert.

The Prince of Liechtenstein

Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein was the last European royal to confirm that he would attend the queen’s ceremony. At the age of 54, he has been regent king of his country since 2004 and has raised his four children with his wife, Crown Princess Sophie, who will also be in attendance.

Carl of Sweden

At the age of 75, Carl is the longest reigning monarch in Swedish history, having ascended the throne in 1973. He and his wife, Queen Silvia, 77, a former German-Brazilian flight attendant, will be in attendance.

The King of Norway, cousin of the Queen

King Harald of Norway is Queen Elizabeth’s second cousin and the 78th in line to the British throne. Harald V has ruled the Scandinavian country since January 1991, succeeding his father, Olav V. He will probably be present along with his wife, Queen Sonja.

Albert and Charlene of Monaco

Prince Albert of Monaco – who competed five times in bobsleigh at the Winter Olympics from 1988 to 2002 – ascended to the throne of Monaco after the death of his father, Prince Rainier III, on 6 April 2005. He is married to Charlene, a swimmer. South African Olympic, but their marriage has been plagued by much controversy over the past year.

The Sultan of Brunei

The Sultan of Brunei Hassanal, who has met the Queen several times during her reign, has also confirmed that she will attend her funeral. You have traveled to the UK many times and met with both Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Prime Minister David Cameron. At 74, she has ruled Brunei since 1972.

The royals of Bhutan

The Bhutanese monarchs Jigme and Queen Jetsun will also travel to London for the king’s funeral. King Jigme has been in power in Bhutan since 2011 and married his wife Jetsun Pema the same year. They share two children, Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck and Jigme Ugyen Wangchuck, who will not travel to London with them.


Japanese emperor Naruhito

Naruhito, 62, became Emperor of Japan after succeeding his father, Emperor Akihito in 2019. His wife, Empress Masako, will attend the ceremony with him, but their daughter, Princess Mako, will remain in Japan. .

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The Sultan of Oman

At 66, Haitham of Oman has reigned since 2020 where he was appointed successor by Sultan Qaboos before his death. Prior to becoming Sultan, Haitham served in the Qaboos cabinet and was Minister of Heritage and Culture from 2002 to 2020. The Sultan met the Queen during her visit to the UK in 2021.

The king of Malaysia

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Abdullah, 63, became King of Malaysia in 2019. As a young man, he completed his military training in the UK at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He will attend the ceremony with his wife, Raja Permaisury Agong Tunky.

The King of Tonga

At 63, King Tupou has been the monarch of Tonga since 2012 and met the Duke and Duchess of Sussex during their tour of Australia and New Zealand in 2018. He is married, however, it has not been confirmed that his wife, Nanasipauʻu Tukuʻaho, will attend Monday’s ceremony with him.

The Prince of Greece

Prince Pavlos is the eldest and second son of Constantine II, the last king of Greece from 1964 to 1973 and his wife, Anne-Marie of Denmark. He is married to Marie-Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece.

Prince Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy

Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia, 47, is the son of Vittorio Emanuele and Marina Doria. Born and lived in Switzerland due to the exile regime provided for by the Republican Constitution for the male descendants of the former kings of Italy, Emanuele Filiberto made his first entry into Italy only at the end of 2002, after the termination of the effects of the provisions on ‘exile. He lives with his wife, French actress Clotilde Courau, and their two daughters in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Last year he announced his plans to run for political office. The royal runs a catering business called Prince of Venice and has led a colorful life in front of the public, claiming to have dated Kate Moss and participating in Dancing with the Stars.

Alexander of Serbia

Alexander was born in exile at Claridge’s hotel in London, temporarily declared Yugoslavia for a day in 1945 to circumvent succession laws that require future kings to be born on national territory. But in 2001, after the Yugoslav wars, he moved “home”. He is a close friend of King Charles.

Margareta of Romania

Margareta, who studied at a boarding school in Hampshire, is the eldest daughter of King Michael I of Romania and his wife, Queen Anne. She and her husband, Prince Radu, a former actor, will attend the queen’s funeral together.

Simeon of Bulgaria

As a boy, he was His Majesty Tsar Simeon II of the Bulgarians for three years before being deposed by the Soviets in 1946. Half a century later, he ended up serving as Prime Minister of Bulgaria from 2001 to 2005.

Prince Philip of Langenburg

Prince Philipp, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg and his wife Saskia Binder, a former banker, will also participate. The couple also attended Prince Philip’s thanksgiving service earlier this year.

Prince Bernard of Baden, Elizabeth’s oldest grandson

Prince Bernard of Baden, born in Germany, is the eldest son of Maximilian, Margrave of Baden, he was the great-grandson of Prince Philip. He will participate with his wife, Princess Stephanie. Maximilian, Margrave of Baden, is the eldest son of Berthold, Margrave of Baden and Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark. At the age of 89, he is the eldest living grandson of the late Elizabeth II and the late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and is King Charles’ first cousin.

The article is in Italian

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