The guest list for the queen’s funeral will include presidents and an emperor.


Buckingham Palace has not disclosed the names of those who will be at the funeral for Queen Elizabeth II on Monday, but leaders from around the world are expected to be among the 2,000 mourners who are gathered at Westminster Abbey in London.

Here is a look at some of those who are expected to attend.

President Biden has said he will attend, as have a host of prime ministers, including Anthony Albanese of Australia, Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand, and Justin Trudeau of Canada. Presidents Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, Sergio Mattarella of Italy and Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany have also said they would attend.

Many leaders from the Commonwealth, a voluntary collection of 56 member countries born out of the dissolution of the British Empire, are also expected to attend. They include the president of India, Droupadi Murmu, and the new president of Kenya, William Ruto.

Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Union’s administrative arm, the European Commission, will also make the trip.

The imperial house of Japan will be represented by Emperor Naruhito and his wife, Empress Masako.

In addition to members of the British royal family, members of the royal families of several European countries — including Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden — have confirmed that they will travel to pay their respects.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement that 200 people who were recognized in the queen’s honors list this year would also join the congregation, including those who made “extraordinary contributions” to the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and those who have volunteered in their local communities.

Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia and the country’s de facto ruler, is no longer slated to attend the funeral.

Pope Francis, who sent a message of condolence to King Charles III last week, will not attend the funeral. The Vatican said it would send a senior official as its representative.

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia will also not be in attendance. The leaders of Belarus and Myanmar were not invited to the funeral, according to Reuters.

After the funeral, a senior palace official said, visiting heads of state and government representatives would attend a reception hosted by the foreign secretary.

Emma Bubola and Cora Engelbrecht contributed reporting.



Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/19/world/europe/queen-funeral-guest-list.html