London prepares to offer the last farewell to the queen Elizabeth II and for the occasion Members of all European and non-European royal families are also expected in the city. The state funeral will take place Monday 19 September at Westminster Abbey, in the environs the British are already starting to line up in rows of kilometers. Over 500 heads of state and important personalities were invited to the function and among those who have already confirmed their presence there are Sergio Mattarella, Joe Biden and Emmanuel Macron. There will be royals from all over Europe, many of whom among other things have a blood bond with the late sovereign. Among the first to let it be known that they would be present at the state funeral there are King Felipe VI And Queen Letizia of Spainwhich will be at Westminster Abbey along with King Juan Carlos of Spainthird cousin of Elizabeth II, and his wife, Queen Sophia. Juan Carlos, who has lived in Abu Dhabi since 2020, abdicated in 2014 to leave the throne to his son Felipe VI.
A very prompt confirmation of participation in the state funeral also came from King of the Netherlands Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, which will be accompanied by the Princess Beatrice, queen of the Netherlands from 1980 to 2013 (when she abdicated in favor of her son Willem-Alexander, in fact). The last royals to respond to the invitation were instead Prince Alois and Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein. The final farewell to Queen Elizabeth II will also be attended by the Prince Albert and the Princess Charlene of Monacothe Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg and his wife Maria Teresa, and the King Philippe and the Queen Mathilde of Belgium. The latter and Queen Elizabeth II have a common ancestor: it is Leopold I, the first king of Belgium and uncle of Prince Albert, who married Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom.
Part of Westminster Abbey’s 2,200 seats will then be reserved for King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustav (75 years, on the throne since 1973: it is the most enduring reign in the history of the country) and his wife there queen Silviato the Prince and Crown Princess of Denmark, Frederik and Mary, and to his mother, Queen Margrethe II. The latter, following the death of her third cousin Elizabeth II at 96, became the longest-lived monarch in Europe, as well as the only one actually ruling. The queen, who is 82 years old, should have celebrated her Golden Jubilee in these days, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the throne of Denmark: the programs were however modified following the mourning for the sovereign of England. The king of Norway Harald V (second cousin of Queen Elizabeth and incidentally 78th in the line of succession to the British throne) and his wife, Queen Sonja.