Elizabeth II will be remembered not only for being the monarch of British citizens, but for being part of the great extended family of European monarchies, whose members will attend the funeral of the sovereign.
This is the case of King Felipe VI of Spain, who shares several family ties with Queen Elizabeth II. The King Emeritus, Juan Carlos I of Spain, is considered the great-great-great cousin of Queen Elizabeth II of England. His descendant and current king had an affectionate nickname for the monarch, who died at the age of 96: Aunt Lilibeth.
House of Bourbon
The relationship between the monarchies of UK Yes Spain It goes back several centuries, when the nobility preferred to keep their lineage within the same family. Queen Victoria, great-great-grandmother of Queen Elizabeth II, was also great-great-grandmother of Juan Carlos I. The King’s grandmother, Victoria’s granddaughter, was married to Alfonso XIII.
This is only the case of Spain, as Queen Victoria was not considered the grandmother of Europe for fun. The monarch had nine children with Prince Albert I and thus extended royal ties across the continent.
The King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands He is also a distant cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, as they are joined by Princess Caroline of Orange-Nassau. Elizabeth II’s grandmother, Queen Mary, was a direct descendant of Caroline, who was in turn the daughter of William IV, Prince of Orange, and his wife Anne, Princess Royal. The presence of the current monarch of the Netherlands at the funeral of Elizabeth II has already been confirmed.
House of Bernadotte
Another of the Queen of England’s family ties is the King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, as his great-great-grandmother was also Queen Victoria and, therefore, he is a third cousin of Elizabeth II. Charles XVI’s great-grandfather was Prince Arthur, Victoria’s youngest son.
House of Schleswig-Sonderburg
However, the family ties between the monarchies do not end there. The King Harald of Norway He is the second cousin of Elizabeth II and is related to the House of Windsor through his great-grandparents, King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra.
Monarchs are also bound by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, who is descended from Queen Victoria and her third cousin Christian IX. She is also a first cousin of Carl XVI Gustav through Victoria’s granddaughter, Princess Margaret of Connaught.
House of Saze-Cobourg-Gotha
The King Philippe of Belgium, the great-great-great-grandson of Leopold I, first King of Belgium, who was Victoria and Albert’s uncle, is another distant relative of Elizabeth II. Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, is related to the British royal family by Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria.