Mystery as Princess Mary of Denmark is nowhere to be seen at the Queen’s funeral

Eagle-eyed royal commentators have noted the apparent absence of Australian-born Princess Mary of Denmark from the Queen’s funeral, despite her husband and weeping mother-in-law sitting front row by the coffin.

The Danish royal family was said to be in attendance when they made an official announcement on September 13, but six days later the 50-year-old mother of four was nowhere to be seen.

‘HM the Queen and the Crown Prince Couple’ [will be] attended the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on September 19, 2022 at Westminster Abbey in London, Britain,” the statement read last week.

Photos and video footage taken during the funeral show Prince Frederik and Queen Margrethe – now the only reigning queen left in the world – sitting opposite King Charles III and his family on Monday.

But Mary wasn’t next to the next heir to the Danish throne, nor was she in line behind them.

Royal eagle-eyed commentators have noted the apparent absence of Australian-born Princess Mary of Denmark from the Queen’s funeral

The Danish royal family was said to be in attendance when they made an official announcement on September 13, but six days later the 50-year-old mother of four was nowhere to be seen.

The Danish royal family was said to be in attendance when they made an official announcement on September 13, but six days later the 50-year-old mother of four was nowhere to be seen.

Photos and video footage taken during the funeral showed Prince Frederik and Queen Margrethe - now the only reigning queen in the world - sitting opposite King Charles III and his family on Monday

Photos and video footage taken during the funeral showed Prince Frederik and Queen Margrethe – now the only reigning queen in the world – sitting opposite King Charles III and his family on Monday

“No Princess Mary of Denmark?” one questioned on Twitter.

‘Prince Frederick of Denmark was with his mother’ [Queen Margrethe] sitting opposite King Charles III. Too bad our Princess Mary couldn’t be there (she’s Australian),’ said another.

“Oh no, Princess Mary of Denmark next to Prince Frederik,” wrote a third.

A fourth added: ‘I’m still confused why Crown Princess Mary couldn’t go, while the Jordanian royal family got three tickets, right?’

According to BT, a Danish tabloid, Princess Mary’s first invitation to the funeral was made in error.

“A deplorable error has crept into the invitation of the British Foreign Office protocol. So it is only the Queen and the Crown Prince who, from the Danish side, will participate in Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral on Monday,” the Royal House confirms.

Each invited royal and dignitary was allowed to bring one extra person, perhaps because of Mary’s exclusion this time.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Danish royal family for further comment.

Last seen: Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark at Christiansborg Palace for the gala dinner during the 50th anniversary of the enthronement of Her Queen Margrethe II of Denmark on September 10

Last seen: Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark at Christiansborg Palace for the gala dinner during the 50th anniversary of the enthronement of Her Queen Margrethe II of Denmark on September 10

According to the official program of the Danish royal family, Prince Frederik will fly to the US on Tuesday for the 77th annual UN General Assembly in New York.

Princess Mary was to join him on Wednesday, September 21.

Nine ‘everyday Australians’ who had ‘made extraordinary contributions to their communities and who represent Australian culture and values’ were invited to Westminster Abbey to bid farewell to the Queen.

But Chris Waller, who trained champion horse Winx and looked after many of the Queen’s horses, revealed he would not be attending for “Covid-19-related reasons.”

“Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 related reasons, I am unable to attend the funeral,” Mr Waller wrote via Twitter.

‘Like so many others, I will cherish and cherish the fond memories of Her Majesty for the rest of my life; her love for horses and all animals; her passion for life and the respect she gave ordinary people’.

Queen Margrethe had a close relationship with Queen Elizabeth II and was one of the first international monarchs to pay tribute to Her Majesty.

She was also seen shedding a tear for the Queen’s coffin before the funeral on Monday.

Both Queens are great-great-granddaughters of Queen Victoria – making them great-nephews – with Margrethe often looking up to Elizabeth as a big sister.

In May, Margrethe told British ITV news that Elizabeth, 14 years her senior, was a ‘huge inspiration’ to her as the only other living queen.

With the death of Elizabeth II, Margrethe II of Denmark has become the only living queen in the world

With the death of Elizabeth II, Margrethe II of Denmark has become the only living queen in the world

‘[Queen Elizabeth] was 26 when she became queen. Growing up, I hoped I wouldn’t be as young as when my father died. It made a huge impression on me. The fact that she was dedicating her life. I understood what that meant. This is for life. That’s the whole point of my life. And I know she sees that too,” she said.

“When I was growing up my mother and father said to me, ‘Look what they do in England’ and I saw that it was possible and that it was worth it and that you could live a very full life with it, even with a heavy schedule and demanding work.’

The mother of two added that both Queens see their roles as “dedication” and “a job” and the way Elizabeth “facing her duties” “inspired her.”

“The way she’s done her duties, the way she’s dedicated her life, and she does it with a smile. She’s been through a lot,” she added.

‘When you’ve reached my age, you won’t have the void anymore, what am I going to do tomorrow? I know very well what I’m going to do tomorrow, and the next day, and the next year.’

Queen Margrethe of Denmark has headed the foreign royal family paying tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, who died at the age of 96.  They are pictured in 2000 in the Natural History Museum in London

Queen Margrethe of Denmark has headed the foreign royal family paying tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, who died at the age of 96. They are pictured in 2000 in the Natural History Museum in London

The couple also had sweet nicknames for each other. Margrethe called Elizabeth “Lilibet” by her childhood nickname, while Elizabeth called Margrethe “Daisy.”

The Danish monarch is known to many in her family as “Aunt Daisy,” as she was named after her grandmother, Princess Margareta of Sweden, and her name is similar to the Nordic word for the daisy flower.

“We are definitely affectionate but I don’t want to spit it all over the place,” she told ITV of Elizabeth II.

The couple also have a common love for dogs. While Elizabeth will forever be associated with corgis, Margrethe is known in Denmark for her love of dogs.

While Elizabeth got her first corgi as a child, it was Margrethe’s late husband, Prince Henrik, who introduced her to dachshunds.

The Danish royal family, including Hobart-born Mary, had a close relationship with Elizabeth.  Pictured in 2016

The Danish royal family, including Hobart-born Mary, had a close relationship with Elizabeth. Pictured in 2016

Margrethe was also one of the first royals to pay tribute to the Queen after her death last week.

In a statement, she wished new King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla her “deepest thoughts and prayers” after Elizabeth II passed away peacefully in Balmoral.

On behalf of the Danish family, she was ‘deeply moved’ by the sad news of the death of her ‘beloved mother’.

“I send you and Camilla my heartfelt thoughts and prayers,” she said.

‘She was a towering figure among European monarchs and a great inspiration to all of us. We will miss her terribly.

Her 70 years of reign and service to the people of the United Kingdom, the rich and the Commonwealth is an unprecedented and remarkable achievement.

In February, Margrethe and Mary met Kate Middleton, who officially welcomed her to Copenhagen

In February, Margrethe and Mary met Kate Middleton, who officially welcomed her to Copenhagen

'She was a towering figure among European monarchs and a great inspiration to all of us.  We will miss her terribly,

‘She was a towering figure among European monarchs and a great inspiration to all of us. We will miss her terribly,” she wrote

“We will always remember her important contributions to their development and prosperity.”

The Danish royal family, including the Hobart-born Princess Mary, had a close relationship with Queen Elizabeth.

In February, Margrethe and Mary met Kate Middleton and officially welcomed her to Copenhagen.

Mary has also previously competed in the Royal Ascot horse race with the Queen and Prince Edward.

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