A HISTORIC GATHERING: WORLD’S ROYALTY IN WINDSOR CASTLE TO CELEBRATE QUEEN ELIZABETH II’S DIAMOND JUBILEE: PART I

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.

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden

King Harald V of Norway and the Queen

King Mswati III of Swaziland greets Queen Elizabeth II

Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed greets Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik of Denmark

Queen Elizabeth II with King Constantine II and Queen Anne Marie of Greece

Queen Elizabeth II greets King Abdullah of Jordan

Princess Alexandra of Kent with the Emperor and Empress of Japan

The Emperor and Empress of Japan

Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco

King Michael of Romania and his daughter, Princess Margarita

Princess Lalla Meryem of Morocco

Crown Prince Alexander and Princess Katherine of Yugoslavia

Queen Rania of Jordan

The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg

King Mswati III of Swaziland and Inkhosikati LaMbikiza

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and Sheika Mozah bint Nasser Al-Missned

King Letsie III of Lesotho and Queen Mesenate Mohato Seeiso

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