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Old 04-27-2014, 04:41 AM
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Maybe the King of the Netherlands and Queen Máxima will be represented by their cousin Prince Jaime de Bourbon de Parme and his spouse Princess Viktória. Recently the King has appointed his cousin as the Ambassador representing the Kingdom of the Netherlands at the Holy See. It is unlikely the King and Queen themselves will attend the proceedings at the Vatican. After all the King is not catholic and today he is celebrating his birthday inside the family sphere.
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King Juan Carlos, queen Sofia, king Albert and queen Paola
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One million people fill Vatican as Francis and Benedict XVI canonise John XXIII and John Paul II | Mail Online

Belgium's King Albert II Spain's King Juan Carlos and Queen Silvia sit in St Peter's Square at the Vatican
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Old 04-27-2014, 07:02 AM
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Solemn Mass of Canonization of His Holinesses Popes John XXIII and John Paul II

Los Reyes asisten en el Vaticano a la canización de Juan XXIII y Juan Pablo II

Los Reyes asisten a la canonización de Juan XXIII y Juan Pablo II
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We saw the Luxemburger Royal family on tv at the event
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Search - Getty Images AU: VAT: Pope John Paul II And Pope John XXIII Are Declared Saints During A Vatican Mass

Includes images of the Belgians, the Spaniards and the Luxembourg contingent.
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Pictures of the Luxembourg (Henri, Maria-Teresa, Stéphanie, her niece Isaure, Louis and Sébastien) and Liechtenstein (Hans-Adam, Marie, Nikolaus, Margaretha, Anunciata and Josef) royals in attendance.

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Was King Letsie III of Lesotho also present? It seemed to me that I saw him.
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I watched only a part of the ceremony but it was very poignant!
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Saw bits of it on TV, very beautiful ceremony. The sea of people reminded me of John Paul II's funeral...it was packed!
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Surprised Prince Albert of Monaco or any of his relatives were not at the mass
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A real triumph of faith today in Saint Peter's Square!
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Why was Albert's presence a surprise? He is a(former reigning) King, a Catholic one, and is representing the Catholic Belgian RF.

The Belgian RF had close relationships with both John XXIII and John Paul II.

I am happy to see that Juan Carlos has recovered sufficiently to attend this event, I didn't expect to see him. I thought he would send Felipe and Letizia.
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Sorry I wrote wrong. I'm surprised that Prince Albert of Monaco wasn't there!
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Yes, I agree with you Marty. Albert is a Catholic Head of State and if he could not attend he should have sent Princess Charlene or one of his nephews.

I sometimes don't understand Albert's behavior at all. His parents would never have made such a faux pas.
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i think that all other catholic royals did attend, right?
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Saw bits of it on TV, very beautiful ceremony. The sea of people reminded me of John Paul II's funeral...it was packed!
It is always packed on highdays (Christmas, Easter, Jubilees, canonizations and papal funerals as well inthronisations). In Europe these events are always broadcast via Eurovision and I can not remember there was ever an empty Piazza San Pietro...

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Do we know if any of the Catholic members of the BRF were present? I'm thinking of Lord and Lady Nicholas Windsor or Princess Michael.
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Old 04-27-2014, 11:19 AM
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It is indeed always crowded on holidays Duc et Pair, but not to the extent as it was for the funeral Mass for John Paul II when upwards of 2 million pilgrims packed the Square and beyond.

The crowds were so massive that they could be seen from outer space satellite!
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The Duke and the Duchess of Gloucester represented the British queen.
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