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A remarkable situation for kings in Westminster Abbey: Why was King Philip sitting before our King Philip?  |  Queen Elizabeth II passed away

A remarkable situation for kings in Westminster Abbey: Why was King Philip sitting before our King Philip? | Queen Elizabeth II passed away

PropertyDuring Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, the royal chiefs who attended the ceremony sat in stunning order in front of the sarcophagus. Usually, the current generation of kings is arranged in order of access, which means that King Philip must sit before King Philip of Spain. But the Queen saw it a little differently.

The arrangement in which foreign royals and other dignitaries are seated during Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral service at Westminster Abbey is absolutely stunning. For example, the kings of Luxembourg and Monaco sit in the third row, since in principle they are not kings. It makes sense, but Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands is in front row with King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima. It follows King Harald I of Norway, who reigned longer than Willem-Alexander. Philip of Spain is also in the rank of King Philip, although our King has been in power longer than his Spanish counterpart.

However, Queen Elizabeth II followed the principle of “the king is once, the king is always”. Since Beatrix was on the throne long before the King of Norway, the abdicated queen and her family now come before the Norwegians. This also applies to the Spanish royal family, because the former King Juan Carlos is also present.

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In the front left of the first row are Princess Beatrix, Queen Maxima, and Dutch King Willem-Alexander. To the right of the Dutch kings, King Carl of Sweden and his wife, Queen Silvia. Finally, Crown Prince Frederick and Queen Margrethe of Denmark lead.

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In the second row on the far left are King Harald of Norway and Queen Sonja. To the right of the Norwegian royal family we have former Spanish King Juan Carlos, Queen Letizia and King Felipe of Spain.

In the third row we see Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco, along with Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg. At the far right in the third row are the royal couple King Philip and Queen Mathilde.

world leaders

In addition to royalty, many distinguished personalities attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. Including US President Joe Biden and his wife Jill. They sit on the south side of the church and are held in the 14th row. This is behind the Polish leader Andrzej Duda and the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic.

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