Five hundred heads and many crowned heads will be present at these funerals which are expected to be watched on television by hundreds of millions of viewers.
Five days before Elizabeth II’s funeral at Westminster Abbey, the list of expected dignitaries begins to be known. In all there will be 500 heads of state and many crowned heads.
Due to the large number of guests expected, dignitaries can only be accompanied by a person of their choice. The Prime Ministers of the constitutional monarchies of the Commonwealth, of which the Queen was sovereign, have instead received an exemption and can attend with ten people.
Among them, the Canadian Justin Trudeau, the New Zealander Jacinda Ardern and the Australian Anthony Albanese, who all accepted the invitation. Even the prime minister of Bangladesh, and that of Sri Lanka, member countries of the Commonwealth – but which do not have the British monarch as head of state – accepted the invitation. Narendra Modi, Indian prime minister has not yet confirmed his presence, the BBC said.
Among the distinguished guests already announced are Queen Margaret II of Denmark, King Philip and Queen Matilda of Belgium, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, King William Alexander of the Netherlands and his wife Maxima, as well as Princess Beatrice, and King Albert of Monaco and his wife Charlene.
Japanese Emperor Naruhito and his wife Masako will also attend the funeral, making their first trip overseas since taking the Chrysanthemum throne in 2019. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and other government officials are not expected to attend.
Barack Obama on the waiting list
Spain, on the other hand, will come into force. King Felipe of Spain and Queen Letizia will be joined by former King Juan Carlos and former Queen Sofia. Tupou VI, King of Tonga, a member of the independent Commonwealth kingdom located in Polynesia, was also invited.
US President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, South Korean President Yoon Suk-Yeol and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro were also invited. Just like Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Also on the list is the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen. It is not yet known whether Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky will be present, probably invited.
Furthermore, it is not known whether Chinese President Xi Jinping was invited to attend the funeral. Former heads of state, such as Barack Obama, are on the waiting list and their presence will depend on the final number of guests.
Record the audience
British Prime Minister Liz Truss will be accompanied by her predecessors such as Boris Johnson, Theresa May, David Cameron, Gordon Brown and Tony Blair. Some personalities, on the other hand, will be persona non grata. Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko is not invited, like Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Islamic Republic of Iran will only be represented by an ambassador.
The global television audience of the funeral is projected to be in the hundreds of millions. After the ceremony, the Queen will be privately buried in King George VI’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, an annex to the main Chapel. The coffin of her husband, Prince Philip, who died last year, will rest there next to her.