From US President Joe Biden to Indian President Draupadi Murmu, find out who have all been invited
The people of Britain will mark the glorious life and legacy of Queen Elizabeth II at her state funeral on Monday. The Queen breathed her last on September 9 and the Royal Family and British people have been in mourning ever since.
The Queen’s funeral is the first state funeral in the UK since that of Winston Churchill in 1965. A state funeral means the UK government has officially declared the day of the funeral a public holiday.
For the funeral, many guests ranging from political leaders of the countries to distinct members of the royal family and dignitaries from around the world will fly to the UK.
The funeral will be held at Westminster Abbey, the same church that hosted the wedding of Prince Williams and Kate Middleton.
Although the official guest list has yet to be released, here are some names expected to be present for the funeral.
1. Members of the royal family
Most members of the Queen’s family are expected to attend. According to the New York Post, the list includes the Queen’s closest family members like King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla Parker Bowles, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Prince William and Kate Middleton, daughter of the Queen, Princess Anne and Sir Timothy Laurence, Prince Andrew and Sarah, and Prince Edward and Sophie.
2. UK Prime Minister and other political leaders Led by UK Prime Minister Liz Truss, senior UK government officials will attend.
3. Global Leaders
According to the New York Post, around 500 dignitaries and heads of state were invited. Funeral guests include US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Irish President Michael D. Higgins, the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen. .
4. Foreign royalty
The New York Post also reports that royal families from across Europe have been invited. The list includes King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, King Felipe VI and Queen Letitia of Spain, King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, as well as Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco.
Speaking of who has confirmed his attendance so far, Indian President Draupadi Murmu will be in the UK between September 17-19 for the funeral. French President Emanuel Macaron has also confirmed his visit to the UK. From Nepal, their Foreign Minister Narayan Khadka will be there and from Sri Lanka, President Renil Wickremesinghe will fly to the UK to attend the funeral.
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