Sunday, May 20, 2012

European Royals Gather for Queen's Jubilee Luncheon


Royalty from across the world pose with at a luncheon honoring the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Guests include, from left, bottom row: Emperor Akihito of Japan, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, King Constantine II of Greece, King Michael of Romania, Queen Elizabeth II, King Simeon II of Bulgaria, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, and Prince Hans Adam II of Litchenstein. In the second row, European royals include Prince Albert II of Monaco, Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg, King Albert II of Belgium, and King Harald V of Norway. Crown Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia stands in the back row, third from left.


The Queen invited members of European royal families from across the world to Windsor Castle on Friday for a luncheon to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee. Many of the royal guests were distant relatives of the Queen and her husband, Prince Philip. The most notable absence, however, was that of the Queen of Spain. Queen Sofia had to cancel her invitation at the last minute on the advice of the Spanish government, who were displeased with the Queen's appearance due to an ongoing territorial dispute between Spain and the United Kingdom over Gibraltar.

It was regarded as the most impressive gathering of royalty since the Queen's coronation in 1953. 

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