Queen Elizabeth II's funeral: Who is attending and who is not

Dristi Sharma
Dristi SharmaSep 19, 2022 | 12:54

Queen Elizabeth II's funeral: Who is attending and who is not

Queen Elizabeth II's funeral is all set to take place today (September 19) and it is seen as one of the most significant diplomatic occasions of this century.

The funeral will be attended by around 500 dignitaries representing around 200 countries and territories in the world. Her funeral will be held at the same venue, Westminster Abbey in London, where she paid tribute to her husband, Prince Philip, just a year ago. 

Here is a list of what we know so far about who is attending the funeral and who is not: 

The Queen's family: The funeral will be attended by King Charles, accompanied by Camilla, the Queen Consort. Other members who will be attending are:

  • Queen's other three children, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, and their spouses - including Sarah Ferguson, Andrew's ex-wife.
  • The Queen's grandchildren: Prince William and Prince Harry, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Zara Tindall, Peter Phillips, Lady Louise Windsor and James, and Viscount Severn along with their husbands and wives. 
  • Queen's Great Grand Children: Prince George and Princess Charlotte will attend.(Other 10 are yet to confirm)
  • Among the others are: Earl Spencer (Princess Diana's brother), Prince and Princess Michael of Kent; and the Duke and Duchess of Kent.

Other royalties: Members of royal families from other countries will be attending too, the list includes: 

  • Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako of Japan
  • King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands
  • King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain, Juan Carlos I, former King of Spain, and his wife Sofia
  • King Philip and Queen Mathilde of Belgium
  • Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary
  • King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden 
  • King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway.

Global leaders: As a part of the funeral more than 500 global leaders will be attending. Leaders from across the Commonwealth, of which the Queen served as head for the entirety of her reign, will also attend. India is represented by President Droupadi Murmu who arrived in London on Saturday evening to attend the state funeral.

Others who will attend the ceremony are:

Photo: Britain's King Charles III with Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau on Sept 17, 2022
  • Australian Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese
  • New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern
  • Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau
  • Long-serving Bangladeshi Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina
  • Sri Lankan President, Ranil Wickremesinghe 
  • President Joe Biden, who arrived in London late Saturday will attend along with First Lady Jill Biden. 
  • Irish Taoiseach, Micheal Martin and President Michael Higgins
  • German President, Frank Walter Steinmeier
  • Italian President Sergio Mattarella and French President Emmanuel Macron. 
  • China's Vice President Wang Qishan will also attend the funeral. (Some have criticised the decision) 

Not Invited: Not all countries are invited to the Queen's funeral. Representatives from Syria, Venezuela and Afghanistan have not been invited. No one from Russia, Belarus and Myanmar has been invited either.

Why? For countries like Syria, Venezuela and Afghanistan the reason is: "They don't have good diplomatic relations with UK", the Reuters reports. Relations with Russia have collapsed since Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Belarus is also not invited since it is a strong ally of Russia. Myanmar has also not been invited since a military coup last year. North Korea and Nicaragua have been invited to send only ambassadors, not heads of state.

Last updated: September 19, 2022 | 15:44
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