Royal princess barred from Westminster Abbey after Queen funeral invite mixup

A royal princess was barred from Westminster Abbey by mistake after their was a mix up with the Queen's funeral invites.

It has been reported that Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark, wasn't meant to receive an invite to the state service which honoured the late monarch on September 19.

The Danish Royal Family are said to have received an apology from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office following the blunder.

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It comes after rules were announced over crowd-limitation rules, which meant global dignitaries and royalty could only bring a plus one in some cases, reports Express.

But a mistaken invite had caused some confusion in the run-up to the longest reigning monarch's state funeral. Among the 2,000 people entering Westminster Abbey yesterday, Princess Mary, 50, was not seen.

It had been originally believed that Queen Margrethe II's guest, her son Prince Frederik, could also bring a plus one – which was meant to be his wife Princess Mary of Denmark.

But this error is thought to have been made clear as their public statement was amended before they travelled across to the UK, which has prompted an immediate apology.

A Foreign Office spokesperson told the Mail: "The FCDO has passed on their profound apologies to the Danish Royal Household through the Danish Embassy."

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It appears the protocol in regard to numbers from each country may not have been so clear cut, with King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima from the Netherlands arriving with Princess Beatrix.

The mistake had been noticeably evident due to the Danish Royal Family's change in statement, which at first confirmed the attendance of all three royals – before it was replaced with a significant change.

“HM The Queen and the Crown Prince Couple (will be) present at the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on 19 September 2022 at Westminster Abbey in London, Great Britain,” the family said.

The amendment said: “Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Crown Prince participate from Denmark."

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