The Danish royal family was forced to leave Princess Mary at home after she was invited to Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral a few days earlier due to a ‘regrettable error’ from the British Foreign Office.
Eagle-eyed royal commentators noted the apparent absence of Australian-born Mary despite her husband Prince Frederick and mother-in-law Queen Margrethe II sitting in the front row of Westminster Abbey, which was filled with royalty from around the world.
The Danish royal family was expected to attend in full force after making the official announcement on 13 September, but six days later, 50-year-old Mary’s mother-in-law of four was nowhere to be seen.
‘HM the Queen and the Crown Prince couple’ [will be] Present at the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey in London, Great Britain on 19 September 2022,’ the statement said last week.
Princess Mary’s initial invitation for Monday’s funeral was made in error, according to a statement from the Danish royals.
‘There has been a regrettable error in the invitation from the protocol of the British Foreign Office. Thus it is only the Queen and the Crown Prince who, from the Danish side, will attend the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on Monday,’ The Royal House confirmed to Danish tabloid Beatty.
Every royal family and dignitary was allowed to bring an extra person with them, which is why Mary was excluded.
Eagle-eyed royal commentators have noted the apparent absence of Australian-born Princess Mary of Denmark at the Queen’s funeral
The Danish royal family is said to have made the official announcement on 13 September, but six days later the 50-year-old mother-in-law was nowhere to be seen.
Photos and video footage shot at the funeral show Prince Frederick and Queen Margrethe – now the only reigning queen left in the world – sitting in front of King Charles III and his family on Monday.
BT’s royal correspondent Jakob Heinel Jensen said the eleventh-hour change may have “disturbed” the Danish royal household.
“This is really clumsy and unfortunate … it means the Royal House will now have to say that a mistake was made, and that is shameful,” he said.
‘I think the Royal House easily understands that a mistake has been made. When I was in London I was surprised and the British media wrote that there were only two invitees per country.
‘After all, you got the feeling that if we got three invitations, there would be really extra close ties between the Royal House of Denmark and Britain.’
Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Danish royal family for further comment.
She was last seen: Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark at Christiansborg palace for a gala dinner during the 50-year anniversary of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark’s accession to the throne on September 10.
Hundreds of monarchs, kings, queens, presidents, prime ministers and other foreign dignitaries were in London for Her Majesty’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey.
The funeral was attended by representatives of more than 20 royal families, including the rulers of the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway.
Emperor Naruhito of Japan, who rarely travels abroad, was among the guests accompanied by King Jigme and Queen Jetsun of Bhutan and the Sultan of Brunei.
King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain, and King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Sylvia of Sweden were among the first monarchs to see the king lying in state at Westminster Hall.
Queen Margrethe had a close relationship with Queen Elizabeth II and was the first international monarch to pay tribute to Her Majesty.
He was also seen shedding tears in front of the queen’s coffin ahead of her funeral on Monday.
Both queens are great-granddaughters of Queen Victoria – making them third cousins - with Margaret often viewing Elizabeth as an older sister.
In May, Margaret told UK’s ITV News that Elizabeth, who is 14 years older than her, was a ‘huge inspiration’ to her as the only other living queen.
With the death of Elizabeth II, Margrethe II of Denmark becomes the only living queen in the world
,[Queen Elizabeth] She became queen when she was 26 years old. When I was growing up, I expected that when my father died I would not be as young. It made a huge impact on me. The fact that she was dedicating her life. I understood what it meant. This is for life. That’s the whole point of my life. And I know she sees it too,’ she said.
‘When I was growing up, my parents said to me, ‘Look what they do in England’ and I could see that it could be done and it was worthwhile and you could live a fulfilling life with it too. could. A heavy program and demanding work.’
The mother-in-law said both Queens see their roles as ‘dedication’ and ‘jobs’ and that the way Elizabeth ‘handled her duties’ ‘inspired her’.
The way she has tackled her duties, the way she has dedicated her life, and she does it with a smile. She has gone through many things,’ she said.
‘When you’re my age, you don’t have emptiness, what am I going to do tomorrow? I know very well what I am going to do tomorrow and the next day and next year.’
Queen Margaret of Denmark has led foreign royals to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, who died at the age of 96. He is featured at the Natural History Museum in London in 2000.
The pair also had sweet nicknames for each other. Margaret called Elizabeth by her childhood nickname ‘Lillibet’ while Elizabeth called Margreth ‘Daisy’.
The Danish monarch is known as ‘Aunt Daisy’ to many in her family because she was named after her grandmother, Princess Margareta of Sweden, and her name is similar to the Nordic word for daisy flower.
‘We’re definitely affectionate, but I don’t want to sprinkle it everywhere,’ she told ITV of Elizabeth II.
The pair also love dogs. While Elizabeth will be forever attached to corgis, Margaret is known in Denmark for her love of dogs.
While Elizabeth got her first corgi as a child, it was Margaret’s late husband Prince Heinrich who introduced her to dachshunds.
The Danish royal family, including Hobart-born Mary, shared a close relationship with Elizabeth. featured in 2016
Margaret was among the first royals to pay tribute to the Queen on her death last week.
In a statement she wished the new King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla their ‘deepest thoughts and prayers’ after Elizabeth II passed away peacefully at Balmoral.
Speaking on behalf of the Danish family, she was ‘deeply shocked’ by the sad news of her ‘beloved mother’s death’.
“I send my heartfelt thoughts and prayers to you and Camilla,” she said.
‘She was a great figure among European monarchs and a great inspiration to all of us. We will miss her a lot.
‘His 70 years of rule and service to the people of the United Kingdom, the region and the Commonwealth is an unprecedented and remarkable achievement.
In February, Margaret and Mary met Kate Middleton, who officially welcomed them to Copenhagen.
‘She was a great figure among European monarchs and a great inspiration to all of us. We will miss him dearly,’ she wrote
‘We will always remember his significant contribution to his development and prosperity.’
The Danish royal family, including the Hobart-born Princess Mary, shared a close relationship with Queen Elizabeth.
In February, Margaret and Mary met Kate Middleton, and officially welcomed her in Copenhagen.
Mary has previously participated in the Royal Ascot Horse Race with the Queen and Prince Edward.