Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, which will take place on Monday 19 September at Westminster Abbey, will be attended by some of the world’s most famous European royalty.
Starting at 11am on Monday, all 2,000 seats in Westminster Abbey are expected to be occupied during the state funeral.
While heads of state, prime ministers and presidents from around the world have already confirmed their attendance at the funeral, many members of royal families across Europe are also expected to pay their respects to the queen.
Here is a list of all the European royalty who have confirmed their presence so far.
British royal family
All members of the British royal family will attend the queen’s funeral, including King Charles III and the queen consort. Her siblings – the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex – will also honor their mother at her funeral.
All eight grandchildren of the queen are also expected to participate. The Prince and Princess of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will make their third appearance together at the funeral. And cousins Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, will likely honor their grandmother at the funeral.
It is unclear whether the queen’s great-grandchildren will attend, considering some of them are still young.
The Queen also has four living cousins - the Duke of Kent, the Duke of Gloucester, Prince Michael of Kent and Princess Alexandra – who are sure to attend. The Queen’s late sister Princess Margaret also has two children who may be seen at her funeral: Lady Sarah Chatto and David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowdon.
King Philip VI and Queen Letizia of Spain accepted the invitation to the queen’s funeral. The queen’s cousin and former king of Spain, King Juan Carlos I, accepted the invitation to her funeral. However, his presence was recently contested by the Spanish government amidst his allegations of fraud and harassment.
Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene will be at the queen’s funeral, according to the Daily mail. On 12 September, the prince and princess also attended a religious service in the Anglican church of St Paul’s in Monaco in memory of the queen. Princess Charlene shared a heartfelt tribute to Instagram following the news of the Queen’s death, writing, “I am deeply saddened by the news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, a great lady whose dedication and service have been recognized throughout. the world during the 70 years of his reign ”.
Queen Margrethe II, who is now Europe’s longest-running reigning queen, will attend the funeral of her distant cousin. The Danish palace also confirmed the presence of the queen’s heir, Crown Prince Frederik, and his wife, Crown Princess Mary.
During her golden jubilee celebration in Copenhagen this week, Queen Margrethe conducted a minute of silence for her alleged close friend.
King Harald V of Norway, Queen Elizabeth II’s second cousin, will most likely attend the funeral on Monday. The monarchs share the same great-grandparents: King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. This means that the queen’s grandfather, King George V, and King Harald’s grandmother, Queen Maud of Norway, were brothers.
The Royal Palace of Belgium has confirmed that King Philip and Queen Matilda of Belgium will attend the Queen’s state funeral.
King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden is the late British monarch’s third cousin, both being descendants of Queen Victoria. His wife, Queen Silvia, will also join him.
King William Alexander and Queen Maxima, along with the former Dutch queen, Princess Beatrix, will attend the funeral, according to the Royal House of the Netherlands.
“We remember Queen Elizabeth II with deep respect and great affection,” the Dutch royal family said in a statement following the Queen’s death. “Resolute and wise, she has dedicated her long life to the service of the British people.”
“We feel a strong bond with the UK and its royal family and we share their grief right now. We are very grateful for the close friendship of our countries, to which Queen Elizabeth has made such an unforgettable contribution “.
Grand Duke of Luxembourg Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa will attend the Queen’s state funeral, for The essential.
Crown Prince Alois and Crown Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein have confirmed their attendance at the Queen’s funeral.