Who Is Attending Queen Elizabeth's Funeral? Every World Leader and Royal Reported So Far
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A glimpse has been given into the guest list for Queen Elizabeth's upcoming funeral.
The monarch will be laid to rest in a state funeral at Westminster Abbey in London on September 19, and the somber ceremony will draw some of the world's most powerful players.
The Times released an expected guest list Tuesday, which a London government source likened to packing "hundreds of state visits" into just a few days. About 500 heads of state, royals and other political luminaries are expected to pay respects to Queen Elizabeth, who "peacefully" died at age 96 on September 8.
From the Commonwealth, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Jamaican Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen have said they will attend.
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will represent the United States, which shares a special relationship with the U.K. Naturally, the U.K.'s newly elected Prime Minister Liz Truss will also mourn the monarch.
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Rounding out the G7, President Emmanuel Macron of France, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany, President Sergio Mattarella of Italy and President Ursula von der Leyen of the European Commission will also be there.
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Royal guests will include Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco, King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia and of Sweden, Emperor Naruhito of Japan, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, and the monarch's mother, the former monarch Princess Beatrix.
King Felipe's parents, the former King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, may also join, as will King Harald V of Norway and Queen Margrethe of Denmark.
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Traveling in from elsewhere Europe and around the world, dignitaries include: President Andrzej Duda of Poland, President Alexander Van der Bellen of Austria, President Gitanas Nauseda of Lithuania, President Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey, President Isaac Herzog of Israel, President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, President Ranil Wickremesinghe of Sri Lanka, President Yoon Suk-yeol of South Korea and President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil.
According to The Times, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine will not be there amid the ongoing war with Russia, nor will a rep from Russia or Belarus.
Not invited is Myanmar, following a coup in the country last year. The paper reports that Iran was asked to attend at an ambassadorial level, so President Ebrahim Raisi will not be in the pews.
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