What the queen has united, let no one separate, say the most monarchical. The state funeral in honor of Elizabeth IIwho died on September 8 at the age of 96, has managed to give us an image that we thought would never be produced again: that of kings Felipe and Letizia sharing space and time with the king emeritus after Mr. Juan Carlos take up residence in Abu Dhabi after his controversial financial movements were leaked.
The close ties between the Spanish royal house and the British has made the presence of the Head of State, his wife and his parents essential to this massive final farewell held at Westminster Abbey. The four are part of the more than 2,000 attendees at the religious ceremony that closes ten days of farewell to the one who has been sovereign of the United Kingdom for more than 70 years.
Although they have occupied different places, being able to witness this reunion after the public tensions of our Bourbons is a milestone. Let us remember that the last time we heard of a face-to-face between Don Juan Carlos, King Felipe and the rest of the ‘royal family’ took place in Zarzuela, without cameras, when the king emeritus weighed Spain again after two years away from our country. Yesterday, at the reception hosted by King Charles III of England at Buckingham Palace, emeritus and reigning also coincided. But once again we couldn’t see it.
The fact that the state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II is being televised worldwide has achieved what seemed impossible. This Sunday, when they entered the sovereign’s official residence in London, Felipe and Letizia avoided being recorded at their entrance with Juan Carlos and Sofía. The rest of the European royal houses, such as the Dutch or the Danish, all agreed to the palace together.
Juan Carlos and Sofía, sitting next to Felipe VI and Letizia
King Emeritus Juan Carlos I and Doña Sofía have arrived at the state funeral of Isabel II together with Princess Beatriz of the Netherlands. Once inside Westminster Abbey, and unlike what many thought, The emeritus kings have sat next to King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia.
The four members of the Spanish monarchy have sat in the second row at the funeral and, as can be seen in the live broadcast, they have followed the following order: Sofia, Juan Carlos, Letizia and Felipe.