Queen Elizabeth’s funeral: Who’s invited and who’s not
Hundreds of foreign royals and leaders are expected to attend Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral in London on Monday at one of the largest diplomatic gatherings in decades.
Westminster Abbey has space for around 2,000 people, so only heads of state and one or two guests have reportedly been invited to Britain's first state funeral in six decades.
Meanwhile, several countries were not invited to the funeral due to political considerations, which caused a frenzied outbreak in at least one case.
Here are some of the key guests, and some that didn't make it to the list:
Many royals from Europe and other countries confirmed their presence at the funeral of one of the monarchs who served the longest in the world.
Emperor Naruhito of Japan and Empress Masako will embark on their first overseas journey since taking the throne in 2019. It also marks a departure from the Japanese tradition, which rarely sees the emperor attending funerals.
The royal families of Europe are closely interconnected after centuries of mixing their blood lines, so it is not surprising that several monarchs from the continent will appear in the congregation.
The event will be attended by the Dutch king Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxim and Crown Princess Beatrix, King Philippe of the Belgians, King Harald V of Norway and Prince Albert II of Monaco.
Also approaching is Queen Margrethe of Denmark, who disrupted a series of events on the occasion of her 50th birthday after the death of queen Elizabeth's second cousin.
King Felipe VI of Spain will also be there – just like his father, former King Juan Carlos I, who renounced the shame in 2014 and now lives in independent exile in the United Arab Emirates.
US President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden are leading the diplomatic guest list, after the White House confirmed they would come to the funeral.
Unlike some other leaders who were asked to come to coaches organized by the British government, Biden was reportedly given permission to use his armored presidential limousine, known as The Beast.
French President Emmanuel Macron will also be present, champs Elysees said, to show an “unbreakable” connection with Britain and pay homage to the “eternal queen.”
He is among other leaders who are allowed to use their own transport, British officials said.
Strongman leaders Recep Tayyip Erdogan from Turkey and Jair Bolsonaro from Brazil are also gathering.
Despite Britain's brexit divorce from the European Union, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and European Council chief Charles Michel will also be present.
Other heads of state at the funeral will include Italian Presidents Sergio Mattarella, Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany, Yitzhak Herzog of Israel and Yoon-Yol of Korea.
A symbolic procession to pay tribute to the Queen, whose 2011 state visit helped cure decades of tensions, will also feature Irish Taoist, Prime Minister Michal Martin.
– Leaders of commonwealth kingdoms and countries –
Numerous leaders will come from countries that still considered Elizabeth II their monarch, and from members of the 56-nation Commonwealth.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, whose countries have a British sovereign as head of state, are ready for the future.
Leaders will come from the Commonwealth of predominantly former British colonies, including South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Sri Lankan President Ranil Vikresesinghe and Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimaram.
Russia and Belarus are among a small group of countries that will be excluded from the queen's funeral after Moscow's invasion of Ukraine, a source in the British government said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin – banned from entering the UK due to sanctions – has already said he will not be present.
But not inviting any Russian representative to the Queen's funeral was “particularly blasphemous about the memory of Elizabeth II” and “deeply immoral,” the foreign ministry in Moscow said Thursday.
Military-led Myanmar, a former British colony, and North Korea's longtime pariah were also destroyed, a British source said on condition of anonymity.