The tributes were unanimous. But the organization of the queen’s funeral is a diplomatic conundrum. As Charles III completes his tour as the new king through the UK on Friday in Wales, three days before the grand funeral of his mother Elizabeth II, a symbol of stability and unity for the British for over 70 years, British authorities are harassing their brains since the beginning of the week to properly organize the last tribute to the Queen.
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Heads of state from all over the world will be in London next Monday. But the guest list is controversial. The conditions in which they will arrive and move.
Thus, if Russian President Vladimir Putin had already declared that he would not be present, Russia denounced the attitude “blasphemous” And “immoralof the United Kingdom against him, after London decided not to invite a Russian representative to Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on Monday amid diplomatic tensions between the two countries. If the guest of the Kremlin is not invited, the Belarusian president will also be invited. Ukraine, the UK supports Ukraine openly and firmly.
Other countries that did not receive invitation cards: Burmese, Syrian, Venezuelan, North Korean and Afghan leaders.
The Chinese question is more thorny. Xi Jinping is invited but has not given his answer. Beijing assures that it will send a “high-level” delegation. Even in the ranks of the British majority, this prospect shudders, London has routinely condemned the ongoing genocide against Uyghurs. Turkish presidents Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro will also arrive.
Alongside the historical allies, French President Emmanuel Macron will also be present to show the bond “unwavering“of his country with the United Kingdom and pay tribute to a”eternal queen“. Despite the tensions following Brexit, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel will also make the trip. Many leaders will come from countries where Elizabeth II was monarch, despite the Republican leanings that are shaking some of these kingdoms, while representatives from the 56 Commonwealth countries will make the trip. All Prime Ministers Justin Trudeau of Canada, Anthony Albanese of Australia and Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand are expected.
Besides, Joe Biden will be there. He will arrive in his plane and be driven in his armored presidential limo, “The Beast”. We cannot refuse anything here to the American president, a privileged partner. Even if it is in total contradiction with the rules decreed by the authorities, then how do you tell the other heads of state now that they have to take commercial flights and travel by bus to the capital?
Phones get hot in embassies. He will then take care of the installation plan in Westminster Abbey: another puzzle in perspective. The venue can only seat around 2,000 people, only the heads of state and one or two guests per country, according to the press, have been invited to the UK’s first national funeral since 1965.