From Donald Trump to Volodymyr Zelensky, Here Are the World Leaders Expected to Attend the Queen’s Funeral on Monday
Queen Elizabeth II died early this month after family was summoned urgently to her bedside. The funeral to celebrate the
Queen Elizabeth II died early this month after family was summoned urgently to her bedside.
The funeral to celebrate the life of Her Royal Majesty will be held on Monday, September 19. The invite list is a "who's who" of the rich, powerful, and influential in the world.
Accordingly, people are curious about who will attend – and who was not invited. Here's what we know about the list of elites making it to the Queen's funeral to pay respects.
World Leaders Expected to Attend
To start with, three countries are NOT on the guest list: Russia, Myanmar and Belarus.
Each head of state will be allowed to bring one person with them. Many will choose to bring spouses, but it's not a requirement. It is expected that multiple celebrities will be invited as well, but that list is less clear.
President Joe Biden is invited, but it's unclear whether or not he will attend. His predecessors did not attend the funeral of Winston Churchill in 1965, or King George VI in 1952.
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, New Zealand Premier Jacinda Ardern, Australian PM Anthony Albanese, Former US President Barack Obama, along with many more are also expected to be on the invite list.
Beleaguered Ukraine leader, Volodymyr Zelenksy is suggested to be invited but will most likely not attend due to his country's assailed position.
Australian Prime Minister Aussie Albanese revealed just yesterday that he was also asked to bring ten people who have made exceptional contributions to their communities.
Multiple guests have also been invited to a special reception at Buckingham Palace Sunday night, where they will be able to meet with King Charles. The foreign office has made plans for over 300 staff members to plan this event.
Royals – Who’s In, Who’s Out?
Royals from all across Europe are expected to be attending. King Felipe of Spain and his wife, Queen Letizia, will be joined by King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium. King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden are also likely to attend the event, as are King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and wife Queen Maxima.
Japan’s Emperor Naruhito is also said to be expected. As far as the British Royals go, the entire Royal family is expected to be present as well for this final historic goodbye. That includes Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, despite their strained final months with other members of the royal family.
Her Majesty’s children, Charles, Anne, Edward and Andrew will all be there, along with their children. That list includes Princes William and (as mentioned) Harry and their cousins Peter and Zara Phillips, Beatrice and Eugenie and Louise and James. It is not clear how many of the Queen’s great-grandchildren — including Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis — will be there given the length and nature of the event as they are younger.
At this time, it's expected that former President Donald Trump is not on the invitation list – even after his most heartful message in the wake of her passing.