Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu passed away on December 26, 2021 at the age of 90. Desmond Tutu is an important figure in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. The South African Archbishop is known for his righteousness, but also for his overwhelming kindness. Several European crowned heads have expressed the depth of their grief through press releases and posts on social networks. The funeral of Archbishop Desmond Tutu took place on January 1st. His funeral took place in simplicity according to Le Monde. “No stadium, no farandole of speeches, few flowers. Just a handful of carnations placed on his little coffin of light pine,” reports Le Monde.
There were not many people at the funeral of Desmond Tutu either, health restrictions oblige. Royal Histories points out that Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau, 53, was the only European royalty present at the funeral. Of all the crowned heads having been deeply touched by the death of the Archbishop, Charlene of Monaco was surely the most devastated. South Africa is his native country, but above all Archbishop Desmond Tutu is a friend to the wife of Prince Albert of Monaco. Charlène, 43, could not come to pay homage to him in person, she is still recovering in a Swiss establishment, recalls Histoires Royales.
Haakon and Mette-Marit from Norway attend Thanksgiving Mass for Desmond Tutu
On Sunday January 9, a thanksgiving mass was organized at Oslo Cathedral. Among a small number of worshipers were Haakon and Mette-Marit from Norway. The father of Crown Prince Haakon, King Harald V did not attend mass, but he was marked by the death of Desmond Tutu having received the Nobel Peace Prize. “Our hearts go out to the South African people who have lost an important voice for justice, and to their loved ones who have lost a husband, father and grandfather,” he said.
The Norwegian royal family © Dana Press