Wearing a white cape and jellaba, Moulay El Hassan flew to Paris to represent his father, King Mohammed VI, at the funeral of former French President Jaques Chirac.
The crown prince arrived in the Saint-Surplice church in Paris on Monday, September 30, to pay respects at a religious service for Chirac, a friend of Morocco.
The King is unable to attend the service due to illness, a statement from the royal office announced on September 29.
The communique said that the King contracted an “acute” double pneumonia, originating from a virus.
🇲🇦🇫🇷Arrivée de Son Altesse Royale Le Prince Héritier #MoulayElHassan à l’Eglise Saint-Sulpice venu représenter SM #LeRoiMohammedVI Que Dieu l’Assiste aux obsèquesques officielles du président français #JacquesChirac.
Son Altesse Royale est accompagné du MAE #NacerBourita. pic.twitter.com/K8s7HR3aQa
— Ambassade du Royaume du Maroc en France (@AmbaMarocFrance) September 30, 2019
The King’s personal doctor prescribed a few days of rest for the monarch, and the royal office announced that Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan would represent him at the funeral.
The prince is already fulfilling many royal duties, frequently representing or attending official events with his father.
In February, Moulay El Hassan flew to Saint Louis Royal Chapel in Dreux, northern France, to represent the King at the funeral of Count of Paris Henri d’Orleans.
In 2017 at the age of 14, the prince was notably the youngest participant at the One Planet Sumit in France, earning him international admiration.
The crown prince is following the path of his father, who was accompanying and representing the late King Hassan II at international events at an early age.
Pan-African magazine Jeune Afrique shared a photo of an 11-year-old future King Mohammed VI representing Morocco at the funeral of French President Georges Pompidou.