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Royal Wedding Guests: the foreign royals at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding


As a semi-state event, the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on 29 April 2011 attracted foreign royalty from Europe, Asia and Africa. Let’s look back at some of the foreign royals in attendance on William and Kate’s big day!

Queen Sofía  of Spain and the Prince and Princess of Asturias (now King Felipe and Queen Letizia)

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King Juan Carlos could not attend as he was recovering from surgery at the time.

Queen Margrethe of Denmark

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King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway

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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium (then Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde)

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They attended on behalf of King Albert II and Queen Paola, who attended the beatification ceremony for Pope Saint John Paul II instead.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands (then Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima)

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They attended on behalf of then-Queen Beatrix, who couldn’t attend because of Queen’s Day the next day back in the Netherlands.

Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden

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The Crown Princess Couple attended on behalf of King Carl XVI Gustaf, who couldn’t attend because his birthday celebrations were the next day.

Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg

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Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock (now Princess Charlene)

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Prince Albert attended with his fiancée, Charlene Wittstock. They would marry later that summer over two days in July in Monte Carlo.

Princess Lalla Salma of Morroco

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Prince Seeiso and Princess Mabereng of Lesotho

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Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq Al Said of Oman and Sheikh Jaber Al-Abdullah-Al Saleh of Kuwait

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King Mizan Zainal Abidin of Malaysia

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Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand

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King Mswati III of Swaziland

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King Constantine II and Queen Anne Marie of Greece

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Other foreign royals in attendance include King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan; the Sultan and Queen of Brunei; Prince Mohamed bin Nawaf and Princess Fadwa of Saudi Arabia; Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, and Sheikha Moza bint Nasser; King George Tupou V of Tonga; Crown Prince Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum of Dubai; Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi; King Simeon II and Queen Margarita of the Bulgarians; and Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia.

About author

Jess is the Senior Royal Reporter and Editorial Assistant at Royal Central. Her interest in royalty started in her teenage years, coinciding with The Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002 and grew from there. She specializes in the British Royal Family (with emphasis on the Cambridges) and the Danish Royal Family, and has provided royal commentary for media outlets in Canada, the United States, the UK and Australia.