The Royal family of Belgium made the announcement that King Philippe and Queen Mathilde would attend the state funeral of British Queen Elizabeth II on Monday, September 19.
Following the death of the United Kingdom’s longest-serving monarch, Buckingham Palace announced that the Queen’s funeral would take place on September 19 at 10:00 (GMT) at Westminster Abbey. She will later be buried in St. George’s Chapel, next to her late husband, Prince Philip.
Along with this, State leaders from all over the world are expected to attend the funeral, including the President of the United States of America-Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron, the European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen, as well as leaders of the Commonwealth nations. The king of Belgium, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde will also pay tribute to the late Queen, as the palace announced Monday. Both will make the trip to London on September 19 for the funeral.
Moreover, this is not the first time both the nations’ monarchs have attended each other’s funeral, in 1993, Queen Elizabeth II broke royal protocol to attend King Baudoin’s funeral. The reigning monarch in the United Kingdom usually sends a representative in their place instead of attending the funeral themselves.