Concerning twist after Princess Mary 'uninvited' to Queen's funeral

Denmark's Queen Margrethe II has tested positive for Covid after attending the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, the royal palace says.

It comes after Australian-born Princess Mary was initially believed to be invited to the funeral along with Denmark's Queen and her husband Crown Prince Frederik, however she was later 'uninvited' due to a "clumsy" error.

The royal household said that Margrethe, 82, who has been on the throne for 50 years, cancelled her official duties after the Tuesday night test.

Queen Magrethe and Prince Frederik walk into the Queen's funeral service.
Queen Magrethe and Prince Frederik attend Queen Elizabeth II's funeral without Princess Mary. Source: Getty

The palace said her oldest son, heir to the throne Crown Prince Frederik, and Princess Mary would take the Queen's place hosting a dinner with Danish government officials and members of parliament.

Margrethe previously tested positive for the virus in February.


At the time, the palace said she had received three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The Queen was among the dignitaries who attended Queen Elizabeth II's funeral Monday at Westminster Abbey in London.

Princess Mary 'uninvited' to Queen's funeral

An 'embarrassing' mistake appears to be behind Princess Mary's absence from the Queen's funeral with a Danish royal spokesperson telling local media she was not actually invited.

There were questions surrounding why the Australian-born royal did not attend the service along with her husband Crown Prince Frederik and his mother Queen Margrethe on Monday.

The Danish royal family confirmed Princess Mary would be in attendance in a statement published on their website on September 13.

Princess Mary with a serious expression.
Princess Mary was 'uninvited' to Queen Elizabeth II's funeral. Source: Getty

However, the Princess did not join her husband and mother-in-law, with another statement on September 19 stating just Prince Frederik and the Queen were at the funeral, with no mention of Princess Mary.

In a statement to Danish media outlet BT, the royal spokesperson said there had been a "regrettable error".

“There has been a regrettable error in the invitation from the British Foreign Office’s protocol. It is thus only the Queen and the Crown Prince who, from the Danish side, will participate in Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral on Monday,” a spokesperson reportedly confirmed.

The outlet's royal expert Jacob Heinel Jensen described the error as "clumsy and unfortunate".

With AAP

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