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Who’s attending Queen Elizabeth’s funeral? The expected guest list

Whos attending Queen Elizabeths funeral The expected guest list


A funeral fit for a queen.

Queen Elizabeth II, who died last Thursday at age 96, will be officially celebrated at her state funeral on Monday, Sept. 19. The first state funeral in Britain since Winston Churchill’s in 1965, it will be attended by royals from the UK and abroad, British politicians and 500 heads of state from around the world.

Scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. GMT, the service will be held at Westminster Abbey in London. Dedicated in 960 CE, the storied church has hosted hundreds of royal milestones, including the wedding of Prince William, now Prince of Wales, and Kate Middleton in April 2011. The late monarch herself was coronated there in 1953.

The service will begin when the Queen’s coffin is carried from Westminster Hall, where she will have lain in state for four days, to the Abbey. The brief procession will feature the State Gun Carriage of the Royal Navy. 

The state funeral is scheduled to take place at Westminster Abbey in London.
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Once the coffin is inside the Abbey, the service led by Dean of Westminster David Hoyle will be attended by several hundred guests.

While no official guest list has been released, here’s who is expected to be in the pews Monday.

The Royal Family

King Charles III will lead the royal mourners at his mother's state funeral.
King Charles III will lead the royal mourners at his mother’s state funeral.
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Members of the Queen’s extended family have been leading the nation in their mourning. This will continue on Monday, when most of the family is expected to attend, including:

  • King Charles III and Camilla, the Queen Consort
  • Prince William, Prince of Wales, and Kate Middleton, Princess of Wales
  • Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex
  • Princess Anne, Princess Royal and Sir Timothy Laurence 
  • Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York
  • Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie, Countess of Wessex
PM Liz Truss will also be at the service.
PM Liz Truss will also be at the service.
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UK leaders 

Aside from members of the Royal Family, the service will be attended by senior members of the UK government, led by Conservative Prime Minister Liz Truss.

World leaders

About 500 dignitaries and heads of state were invited from around the world, notably:

Joe and Jill Biden will represent the United States at the funeral.
Joe and Jill Biden will represent the United States at the funeral.
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  • President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden
  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
  • New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
  • Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese
  • Irish President Michael D. Higgins
  • European Commission President Ursula even der Leyen
Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco will be in attendance.
Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco will be in attendance.
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Foreign royalty

Elected officials will rub shoulders with European royalty, many of whom are related to the British Royal Family by blood:

  • King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium
  • King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands
  • King Felipe VI and Queen Letitia of Spain
  • King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden
  • Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco
Vladimir Putin will not be at the funeral.
Vladimir Putin will not be at the funeral.
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Who didn’t make the cut?

While the lengthy guest list is set to pack the Abbey on the 19th, it is also notable who was not invited. As of Sept. 14, the following nations were denied an invitation:

  • Russia
  • Belarus
  • Myanmar
  • Afghanistan
  • Syria
  • Venezuela
Queen Elizabeth was crowned at Westminster Abbey in 1953.
Queen Elizabeth was crowned at Westminster Abbey in 1953.
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Russia’s snub, in particular, comes amid the ongoing war in Ukraine, and just days after Vladimir Putin congratulated King Charles III on his accession. 

Meanwhile, North Korea, Iran, and Nicaragua were only invited to send ambassadorial representatives as opposed to heads of state.

Officials also quickly squashed the rumor that former President Donald Trump would attend as part of the US delegation. Limits to delegation size dictate that only the sitting president and his wife will attend, though there is also speculation that former presidents might receive private invitations.

The Queen's coffin procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall on Wednesday afternoon.
The Queen’s coffin procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall on Wednesday afternoon.

The descent of so many high-profile visitors, not to mention the 750,000 members of the public, will demand complex security maneuvering. 

Speaking to the Guardian, Bob Broadhurst, who directed security and logistics for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding as well as the 2012 London Olympics, predicted that up to 10,000 police officers will be assigned to the operation each day, with 1,500 military personnel on standby.

On the day of the funeral, foreign heads of state are expected to park outside of London and travel to the Abbey by bus. They have also been encouraged to arrive in the UK via commercial flights to avoid overwhelming the surrounding airports.



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