Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, 78, leads sombre mourners at the funeral of her cousin Princess Elisabeth in Copenhagen
- Queen Margrethe of Denmark, 78, attended the funeral of Princess Elisabeth
- The Danish monarch had been a first cousin of Elisabeth, who died last week
- Elisabeth was 12th in line to the Danish throne and passed away peacefully
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark cut a sombre figure as she attended the funeral of her late cousin on Monday.
The 78-year-old monarch led the mourners paying their respects to Princess Elisabeth, who died on June 19, in the northern suburbs of Copenhagen.
Elisabeth, who was 12th in line to the Danish throne at the time of her death, passed away peacefully at the age of 83 after an unnamed lengthy illness.
Dressed in a smart black ensemble, Margrethe - whose husband Prince Henrik died in February - joined her sisters Princess Benedikte and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece at the family funeral.
Queen Margarethe of Denmark, 78 (left) attended the funeral of her cousin Princess Elisabeth with sisters Princess Benedikte (centre) and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece (right)
Royal blood: Elisabeth, who was 12th in line to the Danish throne at the time of her death, passed away peacefully at the age of 83 after an unnamed lengthy illness last week
Margrethe and her sisters were pictured leaving Lyngby Kirke, the church where the service was held.
Princess Elisabeth was the daughter Hereditary Prince Knud and Hereditary Princess Caroline-Mathilde of Denmark, and was Margrethe's first cousin.
Margrethe wore a black button up dress and a stylish black hat for the service and could be seen chatting to her sisters.
As well as being a member of the Danish royal family, Elisabeth was distantly in line for the British throne as a descendant of King George II.
The monarch, who was dressed in head-to-toe black, joined her sisters Princess Benedikte and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece at the family funeral
Paying their respects: Well-wishes watched to see the coffin carried out of the church as mourners followed behind
Princess Elisabeth's brother Count Ingolf of Rosenborg (right) looked emotional outside the church
WHO WAS PRINCESS ELISABETH OF DENMARK?
The late Princess was the Queen's cousin
Princess Elisabeth of Denmark was the eldest child of Knud, Hereditary Prince of Denmark, whose brother was King Frederick IX.
Frederick IX is the father of Queen Margrethe, making Elisabeth the cousin of Denmark's monarch.
Elisabeth massed away at the age of 83 at her childhood home of Sorgenfri Palace, where she still lived.
She never married or had children but lived with her lover the filmmaker Claus Hermansen for more than 20 years until his death in 1997.
Elisabeth was 12th in line to the Danish throne at the time of her death on June 19, 2018.
The Danish royal family said Elisabeth was surrounded by close friends and family when she passed away at her childhood Sorgenfri Palace, where she still lived.
A statement said: 'As a member of the royal family, Princess Elisabeth through her life and work demonstrated exceptional loyalty to her lineage and the Royal Danish House.
'As a patron, Her Highness handled official duties for Denmark in parallel to her 45-year civil service career in the ministry of foreign affairs.'
Also at the ceremony was Princess Elisabeth's brother Count Ingolf of Rosenborg, who looked emotional as he took the hand of his wife Sussie.
They were joined by Elisabeth's nieces Fedora and twins Caroline and Josephine of Rosenborg.
The mourners watched a flag-waving service before Elisabeth's coffin was carried out of the church.
Count Ingolf was joined by his wife Sussie at the service in the northern suburbs of Copenhagen
At one point Count Ingolf appeared to take hold of his wife's hand for comfort as they walked behind the coffin
They were joined by Elisabeth's nieces Fedora and twins Caroline and Josephine of Rosenborg
The mourners and well-wishers gathered to watch a flag waving service outside the church
Crowds of well-wishers stood outside the church to pay their respects and catch of the glimpse of the royals as they left the service.
Elisabeth was considered something of a pioneer during her lifetime as she never married.
She lived with her partner the filmmaker Claus Hermansen for more than 20 years until his death in 1997, who she was laid to rest next to during today's ceremony.
She previously told Billed Bladet: 'It's not easy to grow old. For me, the worst is not that the health fails. The worst thing is missing my dear and the many friends who are not here anymore.
Mourners looked in a sombre mood as the funeral came to an end and they left the church
Elisabeth was 12th in line to the Danish throne at the time of her death and distantly in line to the British throne
The family also made time to catch up as they stood outside the church after the service
'Sometimes I feel like sitting on a sidewalk when I'm sitting here in my sofa. So it may be difficult to maintain your mood.'
Elisabeth worked as a civil servant for Denmark's foreign affairs ministry for 45 years of her life according to People.
From 1956 she had many diplomatic postings, including two stints working at the Danish embassy in Washington.
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