When Queen Elizabeth II A state funeral will be held at London’s Westminster Abbey on Monday, and it will be one of the largest diplomatic events of the century.
World leaders, politicians, public figures and members of the European royal family, 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, who died Thursday at the age of 96.
While no official guest list has been released yet, invitations have been sent out.
US President Joe Biden was among the first to confirm that he would attend the event, which will be attended by up to 2,000 people.
“I don’t know what the details are yet, but I’m going,” Biden told reporters on Friday.
Among the Brazilian presidents Jair Bolsonaro and South Korean Yoon Seok-yeol attended the Queen’s final farewell after a series of festive events.
The newly elected British Prime Minister, Liz Truss, will mourn the King next week.
Leaders of most Commonwealth countries are expected to attend, with the Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese made the nearly 24-hour trip.
“I will of course make it a priority, along with the Governor-General, to fulfill our duty to represent New Zealand and convey the condolences of our entire nation,” Ardern told TVNZ on Friday. “I expect there will be a number of leaders looking to pay respect and appreciation to the Queen,” she added.
Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako will travel to London for the Queen’s funeral, an unusual move that illustrates the close relationship between the Japanese and British royal families.
Japanese news website Asahi Shimbun, citing Imperial Palace Agency officials, reported that a Japanese emperor had only attended the funeral of a foreign head of state or a member of the royal family on one previous occasion, when then-Emperor Akihito attended the funeral of Belgian King Baudouin in 1993.
Members of foreign royal families will also be seated on Mondays.
Spain’s King Felipe VI and his wife, Queen Letizia, will be among the European royals.
The Dutch Royal House has announced that the King and Queen of the Netherlands, along with the country’s former queen, Beatrix, who abdicated the throne in 2013, will also be among the congregants.
Jordan’s King Abdullah II, who The Queen is remembered as a “creative leader” She will also attend her funeral “Beacon of Wisdom and Principled Leadership”.
However, not all world leaders were invited.
The Palestinian Authority added that representatives from North Korea and Nicaragua were invited “only at the ambassadorial level.”
The leaders of Russia, Belarus and Myanmar will also be absent.
Although Russian President Vladimir Putin has tweeted his congratulations on King Charles III’s accession to the throne, diplomatic relations between the United Kingdom and Russia have almost collapsed since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a senior British government source told CNN on Tuesday.
President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko A close ally of President Putin.
Myanmar will not be invited after last year’s coup.
After the funeral, Queen Elizabeth II will be interred at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where her parents, sister Princess Margaret and husband Prince Philip are buried.
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