Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral will be at Westminster Abbey in London on Monday. It will be one of the greatest diplomatic events of the century.
World leaders, politicians, public figures and European royalty, as well as more than 500 dignitaries from around the world, will travel to London to pay their last respects to Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, who has died aged 96 .
The official guest list has not yet been released, but invitations have already been sent.
US President Joe Biden was among the first to confirm that he would attend the event.
“I don’t know what the details are yet, but I’m going,” Biden said.
Brazil’s head of state Jair Bolsonaro and South Korea’s president Yoon Suk-yeol are also among the invitees.
UK Prime Minister-elect Liz Truss will also mourn the monarch next week.
Leaders of most Commonwealth countries are expected to attend, including New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, who will travel nearly 24 hours to reach London.
“This is a priority, and together with the Governor-General we will fulfill our duty to represent New Zealand and convey the condolences of our entire nation,” Ardern said.
Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako will also travel to London for the Queen’s funeral. This is an unusual move because a Japanese emperor has only attended one such event before, in 1993 at the funeral of King Baudouin of Belgium.
Members of foreign royal families will also be among the guests on Monday.
Spain’s King Felipe VI and his wife Queen Letizia are among the European royals who will attend.
The King and Queen of the Netherlands, along with the country’s former Queen Beatrix, who abdicated in 2013, will also say their final goodbyes to Elizabeth II.
King Abdullah II of Jordan will also attend her funeral.
However, not all world leaders are invited.
Syria, Venezuela and Afghanistan are three of the countries that did not receive an invitation to the funeral.
Representatives of North Korea and Nicaragua are invited “at ambassadorial level only”.
The leaders of Russia, Belarus and Myanmar will also be absent.
Although Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated King Charles III on his ascension to the throne, he will not attend the funeral. The reason is that diplomatic relations between the UK and Russia have almost collapsed following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Representatives from Myanmar are also not invited to the ceremony, and the reason is the military coup that took place last year in the country.