Queen’s funeral: who will be there and who won’t?

Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral will take place on Monday.

The event will be one of the largest gatherings of royalty and world leaders to take place in Britain in decades.

More than 500 heads of state and foreign dignitaries are expected to attend, with invitations to the Queen’s funeral sent out last weekend.

The ceremony at Westminster Abbey will be attended by 2,200 people.

This is who has already been invited to the event.

Who was invited to the Queen’s funeral?

A guest list has not yet been released, but US President Joe Biden was among the first to say he would be flying in with his wife Jill.

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Leaders from most Commonwealth countries are expected, with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern saying she will make the nearly 24-hour trip with a delegation of five others.

Their Canadian and Australian counterparts Justin Trudeau and Anthony Albanese have also confirmed their presence.

Announcing he would not be traveling alone, Mr Albanese tweeted that he and Governor-General David Hurley will be joined at the invitation of Buckingham Palace by “10 Australians who have made exceptional contributions to their communities”.

Emmanuel Macron of France, Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany, Sergio Mattarella of Italy, Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil are among the Presidents in attendance, alongside Ursula von der Leyen of the European Commission.

King Felipe of Spain and his wife, Queen Letizia, are among the European royal families set to attend.

Emperor Naruhito of Japan is also expected to visit London in what would be his first foreign trip since ascending the throne in 2019.

Who hasn’t been invited to the Queen’s funeral?

Invitations were sent out over the weekend to the heads of state of the nations with which the UK has diplomatic relations. For most countries, that means the head of state plus a guest.

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However, no invitations were sent out to the leaders of Russia – which is continuing its attack on Ukraine, Belarus – which has been helping its neighbor to invade, and Myanmar – where the military seized power in a coup last year.

The Queen will rest at Westminster Hall from Wednesday to Monday when her coffin is taken in procession from the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey for the funeral service.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to take to the streets of the capital for the funeral service.

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