The death of Queen Elizabeth II, who lost her life on September 8 at the age of 96 at Balmoral Palace, has paralyzed the world. His loss has left sad and desolate, in addition to his own family, countless British citizens who felt devotion to one of the longest-lived monarchs in history, and also the one who has held the longest reign in the United Kingdom, as well as well as other European Royal Families who, for one reason or another, have maintained a close relationship with the beloved, respected and admired sovereign.
This is the case of the Spanish Royal Family, which, with the death of Elizabeth II, in addition to having lost a leading royal, has also lost a family member much loved by all. Yes, indeed, the link between the Spanish Crown and the English Crown goes far beyond the ties that each of them may share with other Royal Houses, since The same blood has flowed through his veins for centuries. This explains the closeness between the two families and, with it, the fact that many within the Spanish monarchy know Elizabeth II as ‘Aunt Lilibeth’, an affectionate name that King Felipe VI has come to use in some of his communications.
However, the most important link begins with Queen Victoria. The King Emeritus’s grandmother was Victoria Eugenia, the granddaughter of Queen Victoria. In this way, Queen Victoria was the great-great-grandmother of Felipe VI’s father, while, at the same time, she was also the great-great-grandmother of Elizabeth II.
Something similar happened between Philip of Edinburgh and Queen Sofia, since the Queen’s father was a first cousin of George I, Philip’s grandfather. This means that Felipe de Edinburgh was Doña Sofía’s second uncle.
This blood relationship is probably one of the reasons why both families have always maintained a very close relationship, despite the different disagreements they may have had regarding the political landscape, as is the case of the Rock of Gibraltar, or the limited visits that Queen Elizabeth has made to Spain, since she only traveled once, in 1988.
A heartfelt family loss
This close bond has been demonstrated again now, precisely in the worst moments. Upon hearing the sad news, many European Royal Houses wanted to send their condolences to the British Royal Family, and the Spanish, of course, was no exception.
Hurt and saddened by the loss of a loved one, Felipe VI, like the rest of the European kings, wanted to have an affectionate gesture with King Carlos III and send him a telegram through which he stated that he felt “deeply saddened by the news ”: “I would like to offer His Majesty and the British people, on my behalf and on behalf of the Government and people of Spain, our deepest condolences. We are going to miss her very much. With all my friendship and affection, Felipe”. the text read.
Hours later, he mourned his loss again in an official act that took place in Seville: “Queen Elizabeth will be remembered as one of the best Queens of all time for her dignity, sense of duty, courage and dedication to her people always and at all times. The UK and the world are in mourning today.”
The invitation that will bring about the reappearance
In addition, it is known that both Kings Felipe and Letizia, with Kings Juan Carlos and Sofia have received the invitation to attend the funeral of the British sovereign, which will take place on September 19 at Westminster Abbey and to which, Apparently, both marriages will attend. A detail that has attracted the attention of locals and strangers, taking into account that, if Don Juan Carlos’ attendance is true, it will lead to the first public appearance in the company of his son, Felipe VI, his daughter-in-law, Letizia Ortiz, and his wife, Queen Sofía, since he decided to leave Spain about a year ago. This time, blood ties do win.