Many European royal houses have sent flower garlands to the British royal family last week as a last resort to Prince Philip. Two large white wreaths arrived from the Netherlands on behalf of the royal couple and Princess Beatrix, several British royalty reporters noted on Twitter.
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Other evenings came from Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Luxembourg. Flowers lay in the grass last Saturday as the funeral passed.
After the death of Philip, the Dutch royal family had already posted the memory of the Duke of Edinburgh on social media. They said King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and Princess Beatrix remember him “with great respect”. “He dedicated his long life to the service of the British people and to his many duties and responsibilities. His living personality made an indelible impression. Our loving feelings of compassion go to His Majesty Queen Elizabeth and all members of the royal family.”
As far as is known, Willem-Alexander and Maxima last met Prince Philip in November 2015. The Royals then traveled to London for the Sunday memorial. Exactly seventy years ago in 2015 the King wore a garland to thank the British for their contribution to the liberation of the Netherlands.
The royal couple paid a state visit to the United Kingdom in 2018. Prince Philip was not involved in the public event of the visit. During the most recent official visit of Willem-Alexander and Maxima to the United Kingdom in 2019, when established as a knight in the King’s Order of Carter, Philip was not known.