A historic gathering took place when royals from all over the world arrived on May 18, 2012 at Windsor Castle to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. The queen hosted a reception and luncheon at the castle’s Waterloo Chamber. Members of the British royal family present included the Duke of Edinburgh; the Duke of York and his daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie of York; the Earl and Countess of Wessex; the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge; Prince Harry; and Princess Alexandra of Kent. Some forty-five royal guests from around the world arrived at the castle and included: Emperor Akihito of Japan, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, King Constantine of Greece, King Michael of Romania, Simeon of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (King of Bulgaria), the Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, the King of Swaziland, Prince Albert II of Monaco, Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein, Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, King Abdullah II of Jordan, King Letsie III of Lesotho, King Albert of Belgium, King Harald V of Norway, the Emir of the State of Qatar Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, King of Bahrain Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifa, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia, Nasser Mohamed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah of Kuwait, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Crown Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia, King George Tupou V of Tong, Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn of Thailand, Princess Lalla Meryem of Morocco and HRH Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia. Photos by Getty Images.
A HISTORIC GATHERING: WORLD’S ROYALTY IN WINDSOR CASTLE TO CELEBRATE QUEEN ELIZABETH II’S DIAMOND JUBILEE: PART I