Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, who was born in Australia, failed to attend the Queen’s funeral on Monday at the last minute.
The 50-year-old Tasmanian account manager-turned-queen, who married a member of the Danish royal family in 2004, confirmed her plan to enter public service in a statement from the palace last week.
“Her Majesty (Her Majesty) The Queen and the couple of Crown Princes (Prince Frederick and Princess Mary) will attend the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on 19 September 2022 at Westminster Abbey in London, UK,” the statement said. time.
However, only Prince Frederik, 54, and his mother, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, 82, were photographed inside the church, where they sat in the front row opposite King Charles III.
The Danish Royal Family has edited the original statement about their Official site on Monday, which now simply reads: “His Majesty the Queen and the pair of Crown Princes attend the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on 19 September 2022 at Westminster Abbey in London, UK.”
There was no mention of Mary in the updated statement.
Now Danish tabloids have offered a possible explanation.
Having made what is described as an “unfortunate” mistake, the local publication BT reports that Mary’s invitation to the funeral was “made by mistake”, quoting a representative of the Danish royal house.
“There is an unfortunate mistake in the invitation from the minutes of the British Foreign Office. As such, only the Queen and Crown Prince on the Danish side will attend the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on Monday,” the spokesperson confirmed.
Only two dignitaries from each country were reportedly allowed to attend.
The publication’s royal correspondent Jacob Heinel Jensen said he thought the Danish royals would be embarrassed by the oversight.
“It’s really clumsy and unfortunate. This means that the royal house now has to say that a mistake was made, and this is embarrassing, ”said Heinel Jensen.
“I think the royal house easily understands that a mistake has been made. I myself wondered when I was in London and the British media wrote that there were only two invitees per country. After all, you got the feeling that there really must be very close ties between Denmark and the British Royal House if we received three invitations.
Earlier this year, Princess Mary and Kate Middleton, now known as the Princess of Wales, joined forces for their engagement in Copenhagen.
The couple visited the Danner Crisis Center and a shelter supported by the Mary Foundation, which aims to protect women and children from domestic violence.
Kate and Mary, who first met in 2011, are two of the most powerful forces in their respective royal families, despite the fact that they were both not born into royal life.
Mary, a mother of four, was born in Tasmania, Australia and met her current husband, Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, during the 2000 Sydney Olympics in a bar.
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