Crown Princess Mary embarrassingly ‘uninvited’ to Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral

Sep 21, 2022
Denmark’s Royal House said the UK foreign office had issued her initial invitation by some "regrettable error". Source: Getty | Instagram @coutureandroyals

In the midst of organising Queen Elizabeth II’s historic state funeral, it appears an “embarrassing” mistake had caused Danish Crown Princess Mary to be “uninvited” to Her Majesty’s ceremony.

News of the mistaken invite comes after the Danish royal family issued a statement on September 13 confirming that Tassie-born Mary would be joining her husband, Prince Frederik, and mother-in-law, Queen Margrethe II, at the English monarch’s funeral.

Speaking to Danish publication BT, a spokesperson for the Royal House claims Mary’s invite was a “regrettable error” made by the UK foreign office.

“There has been a regrettable error in the invitation from the British Foreign Office’s protocol. It is thus only the Queen and the Crown Prince who, from the Danish side, will participate in Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral on Monday,” the statement read.

The Foreign Office has since offered its “profound apologies” to Mary and her family, citing the error as a result of the pressure of having to “send out many invitations within a short space of time”.

It is understood that only current heads of state were invited to Her Majesty’s funeral and that they could bring one guest.

However, a Foreign Office source told British publication The Telegraph that because of the chaos of the funeral preparations “an error was made in suggesting that the guest of Queen Margrethe was also invited to bring a guest.”

However, many have questioned why other royal families, such as the Dutch and Spanish, had at least three guests with them.

Even Australia’s own Prime Minister Anthony Albanese was permitted to bring an additional 10 “everyday” Australians to attend the funeral alongside the other government delegates already invited.

Despite having 2,000 guests at the Queen’s funeral service, Mary’s absence did not go unnoticed, with many royal fans taking to social media to express their disappointment with the British government’s slip-up.

No other statements have been made by either Buckingham Palace or the Danish Royal House following the Foreign Office’s formal apology.

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