She may not have been invited the the official coronation ceremony at Westminster Abbey last Saturday, but Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York didn't miss out on all of the coronation weekend fun. The duchess attended the coronation concert on May 7, sitting in the royal box along with members of the royal family, including her two daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.
This week, Ferguson, better known to the public as Fergie, shared a sweet behind the scenes photo from the event to her Instagram.
"Last weekend at the Coronation concert with my girls," she wrote in the caption for the photo. "I felt so lucky to have been invited and included in what was a mesmeric concert, and magical performances. To enjoy it all together was such an honour and I am deeply grateful."
While Ferguson still has obvious ties to the royal family, she's no longer technically a royal herself, having given up that status when she and Prince Andrew divorced in 1992. Nonetheless, the two have continued to live together at the Royal Lodge in Windsor in the intervening years, and even took over the care of Queen Elizabeth's beloved corgis after the monarch's death last September, leading some to expect her to attend King Charles's coronation. In the weeks before the event, it was ultimately revealed that she had not been invited, but Ferguson herself expressed only well-wished for the king and queen.
"It's a state occasion, and being divorced I don't think you can have it both ways," she told Good Morning Britain. "I am divorced and I'm really loving being divorced to my ex-husband; not from him but to him, it's important to differentiate." She added, "That's a lovely feeling to be part of, it really is. As I said you can't have it both ways. You mustn't sit on the fence. You're either in or out, don't muck around."
Following the coronation she shared a social media post offering her, "sincerest congratulations to Their Majesties, the King and Queen."
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