On Monday morning, Monaco’s Princess Charlene and her husband Prince Albert were among the guests at Queen Elizabeth’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey. Albert arrived wearing a military uniform, while Charlene wore a long black dress with a high collar and a black hat with a veil. It was a rare international appearance for Charlene, who faced serious health issues that kept her grounded in South Africa and away from royal duties for most of 2021. She first returned to royal duties in April 2022.
The day after the queen’s death, Charlene shared a tribute on her Instagram account. “I am deeply saddened at the news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, a truly great lady whose dedication and service was recognised throughout the world during the 70 years of her reign,” it read. “Today, my thoughts are with her family, her children, her grandchildren, her great-grandchildren and the British people.” Albert also shared a statement, where he congratulated King Charles III on his accession to the throne.
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The couple were among a large group of international royals who attended the funeral, including Belgium’s Queen Mathilde and King Philippe, Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia, the Netherland’s King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima, and Queen Beatrix, Sweden’s King Carl Gustaf XVI and Queen Silvia, and Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II and Crown Prince Frederik, and Jordan’s Queen Rania and King Abdullah.
Albert is a distant cousin of the queen, through a British aristocrat who married into the House of Grimaldi in the 19th century. In 2012, he and Charlene were also guests at the queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebratory banquet at Buckingham Palace.
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