Spain’s King Felipe & Queen Letizia attended QEII’s funeral, as did Juan Carlos

Here are some additional mourners from today’s state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II. Spain’s King Felipe and Queen Letizia were there, as they are both very close to the British monarchy. Surprisingly, King Juan Carlos was also there, although he abdicated in disgrace and lives abroad these days. People Magazine made a point of saying that Juan Carlos was there in a private capacity, because he was related to QEII. But it still looks pretty bad.

Who else? The Netherlands’ King Willem-Alexander attended alongside his mother and wife. Monaco’s Prince Albert and Princess Charlene were there too, as well as monarchs from Belgium, Sweden, Japan, Denmark and more. I’m also including some photos of the former British prime ministers.

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  1. girl_ninja says:

    The King Felipe looked dashin and Letizia look wonderful as usual. Princess Charlene looks healthy and very chic her husband looked like he usually does.

  2. Digital Unicorn says:

    As i said on another thread the Spanish gov are NOT happy that Juan Carlos and Sofia went esp as they were specifically asked NOT to as everyone knows it will look bad – but as always he does what he likes. Neither he or his wife can help themselves, they are undermining their sons reign at every opportunity.

    The King and Queen on Bhutan were also there, as was the Emperor and Empress of Japan and King and Queen of Jordan. I think there were also rep’s from the Saudi royal family there as well.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      Was Akihito. the Emperor Emeritus of Japan, there?

      I read somewhere that he was a rather close friend of QEII.

      • dynastysurf says:

        He was not there – not a surprise, I think he’s rather frail himself. The trip probably would’ve been too much for him.

    • HufflepuffLizLemon says:

      I love the royal family of Bhutan! I haven’t seen pics of them from this event but now I have to track them down.

  3. Pammi says:

    Albert looks like they lost the suitcase with his pants.

  4. Eyeroll says:

    “ The Netherlands’ King Willem-Alexander attended alongside his mother and wife.”

    Were the Netherlands a special case that allowed 2 guests in addition to the monarch while Denmark wasn’t allowed to do so? I saw something about the QE being close to the king’s mother and that’s why an invite was extended to her.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      His mother is the former Queen of the Netherlands (she abdicated) – so in effect you had 1 King and 2 Queens repping that country.

    • A says:

      The guest list for the funeral was compiled by the British Foreign Ministry, not Charles or the royal family itself. It was a state funeral, therefore a state occasion, which means the govt is the one who hands out the invitations. There might be input from the royal family of course.

      I’m assuming that with Queen Beatrix, or even Juan Carlos, the reason it was decided to extend an invitation to them is because they were former monarchs/heads of state. I noticed that, with Canada for example, it wasn’t just the current Governor General that got an invitation, there were like several previous GGs that also got invited + several former Prime Ministers (including STEPHEN F-CKING HARPER WHY WHY WHY!!!!!).

      So that would probably be why, for example, Queen Beatrix would have been invited, but CP Mary of Denmark was left off the guest list. The decision was probably made to prioritize current + former reigning monarchs as much as possible.

      • M says:

        This explanation would work if they didn’t invite “royals” from places that no longer have royalty (Greece, Romania, Serbia).

      • A says:

        That is of absolutely no issue to the British Royal family, or the British Foreign Ministry. They don’t care if those families are former ruling families. They care about whether they are royalty, past or present, and what title they have.

        In the case of both Greece and Spain, let’s also not forget that there are some familial ties there as well. Prince Philip was born as Prince of Greece and Denmark. The former King of Greece’s mother, Queen Frederica, was the granddaughter of Kaiser Wilhelm II, who was Queen Victoria’s grandson from her oldest daughter. Juan Carlos is descended from Queen Victoria’s youngest granddaughter, and is wife is the sister of the former King of Greece, and also descended from Queen Victoria.

        There was no way any of these people weren’t going to get an invitation, scandal or not, former monarch or not.

      • Eurydice says:

        @M – I don’t know about Romania and Serbia, but Constantine of Greece is cousin to Prince Phillip and both he and Anna Maria are also cousins of Elizabeth – so relations to both sides – and their family has been on friendly terms with the RF for decades. So maybe they were invited as family, not royalty. (Constantine’s oldest son represented him.)

      • Pamela says:

        I think it’s because Beatrix and Juan Carlos are both Garter Knights:

    • Becks1 says:

      Yeah I think QE was close to the former queen so it was probably out of respect for that relationship.

  5. Zut Alors says:

    Albert looks like a doorman.

  6. Queen Meghan’s Hand says:

    King Willem-Alexander trying his hardest to rush and hug his crush Prince Harry.
    Queen Letitia and Queen Raina rocked their coat dresses. Gorgeous.

  7. Emmi says:

    Felipe and Letizia really are the best looking royal couple. Damn. Maxima always looks great but what in hell is Charlene wearing? And Albert? Oy.

    Juan Carlos really does not feel any shame or guilt whatsoever. We can criticize tha UK royals all day long but that man really did a number on his family and country. “Exile” is just a euphemism for “he fled the country”.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Yep – he’s apparently using his health and old age to try and get the Spanish authorities to drop all fraud charges against him so he can come home to die. They are like ‘nope’. His eldest daughter is a chip off the old block – she and her husband were prosecuted for fraud as well.

      • Eurydice says:

        From what I’ve read, they dropped the charges (or ended the investigation) back in the early spring of this year.

      • Emmi says:

        Cristina and Iñaki sure as hell thought well, if dear old dad can … so can we!

        If I were a cynical person, I would think he is perfoming “frail old man” and wanted to perform that role for the world stage. Criminals love that playbook after a certain age. He does, in fact, not look great.
        What absolutely grinds my gears is how unnecessary it all was. The man had – unlike most Euro royals – truly a great legacy to tarnish. Was he hurting for cash??? What IS it with these rich folks never having enough? Unbelievable.

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        Ah, thanks for the update I hadn’t realised the charges were dropped.

        I think Juan Carlos’s obsession with wealth came from when he first took the throne – he was broke plus I think he lived a very extravagant life and needed a constant supply of cash to fund it.

        He is single handedly going to push the Spanish into becoming a republic – he never wanted to abdicate so I guess there is resentment against his son which is why he (and the former Queen) seems to go out of his way to undermine and embarrass him.

    • Becks1 says:

      Yeah Letizia looks perfect here – well dressed but not glamorous, you know? No big jewels etc.

      • L84Tea says:

        I notice that none of the other crowned heads seem to be wearing big jewels. Kate really stands out as the ostentatious one in this crowd. Everyone else, queens/former queens and all, all look tasteful and modest.

      • Sid says:

        Letizia did look great. She almost always gets it right fashion-wise and has really nailed the modern royal look.

    • equality says:

      Charlene’s dress manages to make her look chunky, something she definitely is not.

    • Sid says:

      Charles is not much better than Juan Carlos what with his money bags of dubious origin, support of sex offender friends, and the other sleazy goings on among the Windsors. It seems more that anti-monarchy sentiment is much stronger in Spain and the press there stopped protecting their royal family after JC’s gross hunting trip was exposed. But ITA Emmi that he destroyed a legacy that had him on the right side of history.

  8. S808 says:

    Letizia looks sophisticated and beautiful as always.

  9. zebz says:

    Queen Letizia looks amazing. Simple and elegant. She is such a gorgeous woman. Simply stunning.

  10. Lexistential says:

    On HBO Max, there’s an excellent documentary called “Salvar Al Rey” (Saving the King). It does a terrific job in pointing out the extent of how protected Juan Carlos has been in the press all these years, and has interviews with Spanish journalists, his mistress’s daughter, along with Corinna Sayn-Wittgenstein herself. It’s a good watch.

  11. M says:

    I see that all 4 Spanish Royals attended, including the disgraced one. But no CP Mary? Bad optics for real.

  12. Same says:

    Just counting the giant pearl necklaces in that set of pics. The raven in me wants all the pretties.

  13. Ace says:

    WTF is Carrie Johnson wearing??

    As a republican , I’m always glad when the Spanish royal family show their asses. So you go Juanca, get on that photo with your son! I hope you caused everybody a huge migraine.

  14. CheChe says:

    I know it was a funeral, but the whole aura of royalty seems diminished. The shine is tarnished and there is no polish to fix that sad optic.

  15. CouldChangeTomorrow says:

    Did the Emperor and Empress of Japan and all the various Kings and Queens, have to ride a bus to the funeral?

  16. Meija says:

    The King and Queen of Spain are beautiful people. That’s all I have