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Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral: who will attend and who will not

Queen Elizabeth II's funeral: who will attend and who will not

Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral will take place on Monday (September 19). On this occasion, members of the royal family and leaders from around the world will be present. After decades in Britain, there will be a grand gathering of members of the royal family and heads of state.

Invitations have been sent to attendees. More than 500 people, including heads of state and distinguished foreign guests, have been summoned to attend the Queen’s funeral. Most of the leaders have been asked to come on a commercial flight. Upon arrival in London, these leaders will be taken on a bus to West London.

The funeral will take place in Westminster Abbey. At least 2,200 people can be present here. The latest information has been given about who will come and who will not attend the funeral of the Queen.

Royal family of Europe

Members of the royal families present in Europe will come to the funeral of the Queen. Many of these have a blood relation with the Queen.

King Philip and Queen Mathilde of Belgium have confirmed their arrival at the Queen’s funeral. King Willem-Alexander and his wife, Queen Maxima, and their mother, former Dutch Queen Princess Beatrix, will also attend.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain have also accepted the invitation. Members of the royal families of Norway, Sweden and Denmark will also come here on this occasion.

US President

The White House has said that US President Joe Biden will come with his wife Jill Biden. However, it is understood that he will not go to the funeral site in the bus.

There was a lot of talk about whether President Biden would include former President Donald Trump in the US delegation. But given the limited number of people joining Biden’s party, the former president may not necessarily join it.

There is speculation that invitations may be sent privately to the Obama couple and some other former presidents.

However, according to Politico, the office of US President Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981 has said that he has not received the invitation.

These countries will not attend the Queen’s funeral

Following the invasion of Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Kremlin officials were blacklisted. Also, Belarus and Myanmar are not invited to the ceremony. Only one ambassador will be sent to represent Iran. Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Ukraine’s president, is also not expected to travel.

It is unknown if North Korea will send a representative to the ceremony. In 2000, diplomatic ties were established between North Korea and the United Kingdom. However, the queen never travelled there during her long reign, making it one of her few.

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