On September 19, the late Queen Elizabeth II will be laid to rest after over a week of commemoration proceedings. And while we know where and when the funeral will take place, we now know who will be in attendance at the sombre event.
As we know, the week following Her Majesty’s death has seen the hearse carrying the former monarch making its way around the nation for her final journey through the United Kingdom. And on September 13, the Queen’s coffin arrived at Buckingham Palace for the last time, after being flown on an RAF C-17 aircraft from Edinburgh to London. Now, the public are expected to queue for up to 30 hours to get the chance to pay their respects to the Queen’s coffin, ahead of Her Majesty’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey.
Naturally, an event this monumental will see some of the world’s most powerful players in attendance. To confirm exactly that, The Times have released an expected guest list for the event, which a London government source said was the same as packing “hundred of state visits” into mere days.
According to the report, approximately 500 heads of state, royals and other political luminaries are presumed to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II. Below, everything we know so far about who will be attending the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.
Who is going to Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral from the Commonwealth?
According to People, they have reported that representatives from multiple Commonwealth countries are scheduled to be attending the service, including Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Jamaican Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen, as well as freshly-elected United Kingdom Prime Minister Liz Truss.
Outside of the Commonwealth, other global leaders who are attending include President Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey, President Isaac Herzog of Israel, President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, President Ranil Wickremesinghe of Sri Lanka, President Yoon Suk-yeol of South Korea and President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil.
Per The Times, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and a representative from Russia or Belarus are reportedly not attending as the Ukrainian–Russian conflict continues.
Which royals will be attending Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral?
As we’d expect, many members of the British royal family will be in attendance for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth. This list includes King Charles III, Queen Consort Camilla, Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
According to People, other royals expected to join the leading group are Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco, King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, Emperor Naruhito of Japan, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, King Harald V of Norway, and Queen Margrethe of Denmark.
Other confirmed guests from the rest of Europe include President Andrzej Duda of Poland, President Alexander Van der Bellen of Austria and President Gitanas Nauseda of Lithuania.
Where can we watch Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral in Australia?
The funeral for Queen Elizabeth II will be broadcast live on the ABC from 8pm AEST on Monday September 22. The commercial networks—Seven, Nine and Ten—have yet to announce coverage plans.
Keep your eyes peeled here for any updates as new information about the historic event is released.
For more rolling coverage on Queen Elizabeth II’s death, follow the links below:
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- Here’s Why Reporters Changed Into Black Outfits Before Announcing Queen Elizabeth II’s Death
- A Brief History Of Queen Elizabeth II And Her 89 Year Long Royal Clan Of Corgis
- Every Time The Royal Family Have Turned To Queen Elizabeth’s Vintage Wardrobe
- The Surprising Reason The Queen Always Wore Mint Green For Special Occasions
- Everything We Know About The Queen’s Funeral So Far