The King and Queen will travel to London for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on Monday accompanied by Queen Sofia, while the emeritus will travel on his own from Abu Dhabi
Felipe VI still does not know what place he will occupy in Westminster Abbey this Monday, at the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. Not even if he will have the king emeritus sitting next to him. The British authorities have not yet transferred this information to Zarzuela. But, little by little, more details are being revealed about the plan of a trip that has acquired a special importance given that it will be the first public face-to-face between the King and the emeritus for more than two and a half years.
The Royal House reported this Friday that Kings Felipe and Letizia will travel to London this Sunday together with Queen Sofía and accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares, on an official flight of the Spanish Air Force. And also that the Monarch and Doña Letizia will stay at the residence of the Spanish ambassador in the British capital.
For her part, the queen emeritus, “according to reasons of a logistical and organizational nature,” according to the Zarzuela statement, will stay in the same hotel as Don Juan Carlos, of which no further details are given. The emeritus, as reported this Thursday, will travel to London directly from Abu Dhabi, where he established his residence in August 2020.
Once in London, Kings Felipe and Letizia plan to attend the funeral chapel of Elizabeth II and, at six in the afternoon (British time), the reception offered by Carlos III at Buckingham Palace. It will be there where the King and the emeritus will meet for the first time, since, according to Casa Real, Don Juan Carlos and Doña Sofía have also been invited to the reception due to the status of head of state of the emeritus.
The next day, already at the funeral, it will depend on British protocol how close or far away Felipe VI and his father are. At the end of the religious service, the King will return to Spain, this time alone with Queen Sofía. Doña Letizia, for her part, will travel directly from London to New York to start the activities scheduled in her official agenda the next day
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