Who is on the guest list for Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral?



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When Queen Elizabeth II receives a state funeral at London’s Westminster Abbey on Monday, it will be one of the biggest diplomatic events of the century.

World leaders, politicians, public figures and European royalty, as well as more than 500 dignitaries from around the world, will descend on London to pay their last respects to Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, who died on Thursday aged 96.

Although no official guest list has been released yet, invitations have been sent out.

US President Joe Biden was one of the first to confirm that he will be at the event, which will be attended by 2,000 people.

“I don’t know what the details are yet, but I’m going,” Biden told reporters on Friday.

Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro and South Korea’s Queen Yoon Suk Yeol are among the participating presidents following a series of ceremonial send-off events.

Newly elected UK Prime Minister Liz Truss will also mourn the monarch next week.

Leaders from most Commonwealth countries are expected to attend, with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese making the nearly 24-hour trip.

“Of course I would make it a priority, along with the Governor-General, to fulfill our duty to represent New Zealand and offer the condolences of our entire nation,” Ardern told TVNZ on Friday. “I hope there will be many leaders who want to pay respect and pay tribute to the Queen,” he added.

Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako will travel to London for the Queen’s funeral, an unusual move that shows the close relationship between the Japanese and British royal families.

Japan’s Asahi Shimbun news agency reported, citing officials from the Imperial Household Agency, that a Japanese emperor had only attended the funeral of a foreign head of state or member of the royal family on the previous occasion, when then-Emperor Akihito attended the funeral of King Baudouin of Belgium. 1993

Members of foreign royal families will also sit in the pews on Monday.

King Felipe VI of Spain and his wife Queen Letizia are among the European kings who will attend.

The Dutch king and queen, along with the country’s former queen Beatrix, who abdicated in 2013, will be in the congregation, the Dutch royal house has announced.

King Abdullah II of Jordan, who He remembered the Queen as an “iconic leader”. and will also be a “light of wisdom and principled leadership” at his funeral.

Not all world leaders have been invited, however.

Syria, Venezuela and Afghanistan are three of the countries that have not been asked to send representatives, according to the British PA Media agency.

Representatives of North Korea and Nicaragua have been invited by the PA “at ambassadorial level only”.

The leaders of Russia, Belarus and Myanmar will also be absent.

Despite Russian President Vladimir Putin tweeting congratulations on the ascension of King Charles III to the throne, diplomatic relations between the UK and Russia have collapsed since Russia invaded Ukraine, a senior UK government source told CNN on Tuesday.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is a close ally of President Putin.

Myanmar will not be invited, after last year’s coup in the country.

After the funeral, Queen Elizabeth II will be buried in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where her parents, her sister, Princess Margaret, and her husband, Prince Philip, are also present.

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