Kings Felipe and Letizia have arrived at Westminster Abbey at 11:30 in the morning this Saturday (Spanish time) to attend the enthronement ceremony of King Carlos III, along with representatives of other royal houses. The King wears the uniform of a captain general of the Army (the same one he wore in his proclamation), in addition to decorations such as the Golden Fleece and also the British ones such as the Order of Saint George and the Garter. The Queen made an impact with a suit made up of a pink embroidered jacket with a midi skirt, designed by Carolina Herrera, and a straw-colored headdress in the shape of a pagoda with a pink net, as is the tradition in British ceremonies. Letizia wears the chaton earrings of Queen Victoria Eugenia, born princess of the United Kingdom.
It is the third time in just over a year that the royal couple has entered the temple where Elizabeth II’s funeral took place on September 19 and the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral took place on March 29, which was held a year later. of his passing due to pandemic restrictions.
Third visit to the London temple in the last year
Felipe and Letizia, who arrived in London separately on Friday at noon, have spent the night at the residence of the Spanish ambassador, located in the Chelsea neighborhood. There they have slept tonight and in the same place they will rest this noon after attending the enthronement ceremony. The two will return to Madrid this afternoon and then the King, accompanied by the Infanta Sofía, will travel to Seville tonight to attend the final of the Copa del Rey that will pit Real Madrid against Osasuna.
Due to the extensive security measures, the different caravans that transport the heads of state present at the ceremony from their place of residence to the abbey, the arrival of members of the royal houses and other leaders has been staggered, which he explains the hour it took from leaving the embassy in Belgravia to entering the abbey. The distance by escorted car is barely five minutes, but all the kings in attendance have been gathering upon arrival at the venue to enter the temple together in procession.
In addition to the King and Queen of Spain, Guillermo and Máxima of the Netherlands attended the ceremony, who did not attend the Buckingham reception yesterday, where Princess Beatriz and Crown Princess Amalia were; Philip of Belgium, who was accompanied at Buckingham by his heiress Elizabeth, is at the ceremony with Queen Matilde; Carlos Gustavo of Sweden and Crown Princess Victoria, in addition to the Grand Dukes Henri and Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, Alberto and Charléne of Monaco. Representing the heads of their respective royal houses, crown princes Frederick and Mary of Denmark are also on the list of guests for the ceremony; Haakon and Mette Marit from Norway.
From outside Europe, Kings Abdallah and Rania of Jordan are present; Princes Akishino and Kiko of Japan, and Kings Jigme and Jetsun of Bhutan, King Maha of Thailand and his wife Suthida, as well as Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan of Brunei.