Who is going to the Queen’s funeral today? The guest list of world leaders

The controversial rulers mourning the Queen: Brazil’s far-right populist leader Bolsonaro and Turkey’s Erdogan WILL go to funeral but Putin’s not invited…amid questions over if MBS, Dubai’s Sheikh Mohammed or China’s Xi will attend

  • The funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is taking place today at 11am in Westminster Abbey
  • 500 world leaders such as Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron, Justin Trudeau and Jacinda Arden will be attending
  • The Abbey has a capacity of 2,000 and famous faces have fought for the limited and sought-after spaces
  • Vladimir Putin, Belarus’ Aleksandr Lukashenko and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un were snubbed from the list
  • The Queen’s funeral: All the latest Royal Family news and coverage

World leaders including Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron, Justin Trudeau and Jacinda Ardern will be joined at the Queen’s funeral by Europe’s royals, Japan’s emperor and a cast of controversial statesmen including Jair Bolsonaro and Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The presence of Brazil’s right-wing populist President and Turkey’s authoritarian leader in London could spark protests that would widen if Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum are also invited to Britain.

As the world mourns Her Majesty’s death at the age of 96, the globe’s most powerful men and women scrambled for seats amid limits on who can join the congregation of 2,000 VIPs.

500 world leaders, foreign dignitaries and heads of state including Mr Biden, Mr Macron and Emperor Naruhito will be at the historic service honouring Britain’s longest-reigning monarch – the first full State Funeral that Britain has hosted since Winston Churchill died in 1965. 

But Vladimir Putin has been snubbed along with his ally, Belarus’ Aleksandr Lukashenko, and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. Min Aung Hlaing of Myanmar will also not be asked with no official stance yet on Syria’s Bashar al-Assad – although they are highly unlikely to make the guest list because they rarely go abroad.

Iran’s Ayatollah and President won’t be asked to be in London – but an ambassador from the rogue state will be invited.

Buckingham Palace declined to comment on who is on the guest list and when it will be finalised. 

It is not thought the trip will be made by Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky, who took time out from organising his country’s fightback against Putin’s forces to sign a book of condolence for the Queen. However his wife First Lady Olena Zelenska will attend to represent Ukraine.

China’s President Xi is yet to confirm. Xi has been invited but unlikely to accept given he has not left the country for more than three years. India’s Narendra Modi is not expected to attend.

 

The octogenarian King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud will have received an invite but would be highly unlikely to attend due to his age and health.  

His son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, the nation’s de facto leader who mixed with world leaders at the G20, is reportedly heading to Britain in his place – a decision that would likely spark protests.

MBS is accused of ordering the murder journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey. He vehemently denies the claims and said recently that that the journalist would not be among his top 1,000 targets to kill, ‘if that was how we did things’.

Major world leaders from the G7 will NOT have to take a bus to Queen’s funeral

Major world leaders will not be forced to take a bus to the Queen‘s funeral on Monday, it has been revealed.

Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron, and Japanese Emperor Naruhito are among those expected to be granted exemptions from the coach ride for ‘security reasons’.

German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Italian president Sergio Matarella, Canada’s Justin Trudeau and Israel’s Isaac Herzog may also be exempted.

It comes after a leaked document suggested all foreign leaders would be forced to take coaches from a secret location in west London to Westminster Abbey due to ‘tight security and road restrictions.’

But a government source has since clarified the situation to The Times, saying it clearly would not be appropriate to ask G7 leaders to ‘take a bus’.

Dignitaries are being asked to be as flexible as possible, the source added.

But US intelligence agencies concluded in a declassified intelligence report that the Saudi crown prince had approved the 2018 murder.

Her Majesty’s close friend Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the billionaire ruler of Dubai, is yet to confirm if he will attend.

Before her death, Her Majesty was under pressure to ditch him after the High Court found he was responsible for illegal UK phone hacking.

A senior judge concluded that Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the horse race-loving friend of the Royal Family and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, committed a ‘total abuse of trust and indeed an abuse of power’.

He previously orchestrated the kidnap of his runaway daughter Princess Shamsa from Cambridgeshire in 2000. He also allegedly abducted her sister Princess Latifa when she too tried to flee.

But with the limit on numbers, it could be he is not asked because he is not technically a head of state – Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan is leader of the United Arab Emirates and Sheikh Mohammed is his deputy.

Brazilian right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro has accepted an invitation to attend the funeral, the country’s foreign ministry said, as has Turkey’s controversial president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. 

Heads of state and presidents, European royals and key figures from public life will be invited to gather in the abbey. Leading figures in Britain’s public life are set to attend her funeral next week, including Liz Truss and all her living predecessors. 

But with so many people wanting to go, invites are limited to one per VIP plus their spouse if they have one, but there is an ongoing row after the Government urged them to fly commercially and pool jets to get to the UK. There is also upset that many will be asked to jump on shuttle buses to the abbey rather than use state limousines or carriages. 

All of Europe’s kings and queens, as well as minor royals from the continent related to Her Majesty and Prince Philip, will be there, including King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain, King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway and Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco.

Spain’s former king Juan Carlos will pause his self-imposed exile in Abu Dhabi to attend Queen Elizabeth’s funeral.  Outside of Europe, Japan’s Emperor Naruhito will travel to London alongside Empress Masako and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. 

The leaders of most Commonwealth countries are expected to attend, including New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern – whose journey across the world will take almost 24 hours – and her Australian counterpart, Anthony Albanese.

Australia and New Zealand are also offering to share flights to allow Pacific leaders to travel together to London with Mr Albanese bring 10 ‘ordinary Aussies’ with him on the plane to the UK.

US President Joe Biden has confirmed he will attend the Queen's funeral alongside First Lady Jill Biden in Britain's first state funeral since Sir Winston Churchill's death

US President Joe Biden has confirmed he will attend the Queen’s funeral alongside First Lady Jill Biden in Britain’s first state funeral since Sir Winston Churchill’s death

Russian President Vladimir Putin has not been invited to the funeral. Chinese President Xi Jinping has been invited, but is not likely to leave China for the first time in two years

Russian President Vladimir Putin has not been invited to the funeral. Chinese President Xi Jinping has been invited, but is not likely to leave China for the first time in two years

Belarus¿ Aleksandr Lukashenko is not invited.

But Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and The President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, will fly to London

The President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, is expected to fly to London

Belarus’ Aleksandr Lukashenko is not invited. But Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and The President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, will fly to London

Pictured: The Queen attends an unveiling of a design For the Shiekh Zayed National Museum accompanied By Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum during a state visit to Abu Dhabi. Sheikh Mohammed was slammed by a High Court ruling recently

Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the G20 Leaders' Summit for Saudi Arabia and could be asked to the funeral

Pictured: The Queen attends an unveiling of a design For the Shiekh Zayed National Museum accompanied By Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum during a state visit to Abu Dhabi. Sheikh Mohammed was slammed by a High Court ruling recently. Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the G20 Leaders’ Summit for Saudi Arabia and could be asked to the funeral

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron will be in London

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron will be in London

Princess Charlene of Monaco and Prince Albert II of Monaco will be in London

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands were the first foreign royals to confirm their attendance at Queen Elizabeth II¿s funeral next Monday

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands were the first foreign royals to confirm their attendance at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral next Monday

King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia of Spain recently paid tribute to their distant relative with a heartfelt statement. They have also confirmed their attendance to the Queen’s funeral

Japan's Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako pictured in Tokyo shortly after his enthronement in November 2019 may also attend

Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako pictured in Tokyo shortly after his enthronement in November 2019 may also attend 

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern (pictured) has been confirmed as one of the attendees of The Queen's funeral next week

Australian PM, Anthony Albanese, pictured with his partner Jodie Haydon, will come to Britain from Down Under

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern (pictured) has been confirmed as one of the attendees of The Queen’s funeral next week. Australian PM, Anthony Albanese, pictured with his partner Jodie Haydon, will come to Britain from Down Under. Australia and New Zealand are also offering to share flights to allow Pacific leaders to travel together to London.

The hearse carrying the coffin of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, following the queen's death, departs St Giles' Cathedral, in Edinburgh as she is flown to London

The hearse carrying the coffin of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, following the queen’s death, departs St Giles’ Cathedral, in Edinburgh as she is flown to London

World leaders including Biden and Macron heading to London – but Putin and Xi likely to miss final farewell 

Not invited

Russia’s Vladimir Putin

Belarus’ Aleksandr Lukashenko

Min Aung Hlaing of Myanmar

Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Khamenei/President Ebrahim Raisi – but the ambassador to the UK will be asked

Not confirmed

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi

China’s Xi Jinping

Ruler of Dubai, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud or his son, de facto leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud

Confirmed

Joe Biden and Jill Biden, President and first lady of the United States

Emmanuel Macron, President of France

President Isaac Herzog of Israel

Alexander Van der Bellen, President of Austria

Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand

Anthony Albanese, Australian Prime Minister

Gitanas Nauseda, President of Lithuania

Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sri Lankan President

Frank-Walter Steinmeier, President of Germany

Yoon Suk-yeol, South Korean President

Jair Bolsonaro, President of Brazil

Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan

King Philip and Queen Mathilde of Belgium

Andrzej Duda, President of Poland

Sergio Mattarella, President of Italy

Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister

Charles Michel, President of the European Council

Egils Levits, President of Latvia

Paula-Mae Weekes, President of Trinidad and Tobago

Mohammad Shtayyeh, Palestinian Prime Minister

Sauli Niinisto, President of Finland

Katalin Novak, Hungarian President

Michael D Higgins, Irish President and Micheál Martin, Irish Prime Minister

Royals to attend the Queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey

Confirmed 

King Charles III

Anne, the Princess Royal, 

Prince Andrew 

Prince Edward

Camilla, the Queen Consort

Sophie, the Countess of Wessex,

Prince William 

Prince Harry

Peter Phillips

Zara and Mike Tindall

Princesses Beatrice and Jack Brooksbank 

Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.

The Duke of Kent, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Princess Alexandra, and Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester.

Catherine, the Princess of Wales, and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex.

King Philip and Queen Mathilde of Belgium

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden

King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway

Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg

Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco.

King Constantine II and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece

Japan’s Emperor Naruhito

Spain’s former king Juan Carlos

Joe Biden was the first to confirm his attendance yesterday – and the majority of world leaders from the King’s realms and the Commonwealth will be there. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin is certain not to be there. Invites to the Queen’s funeral have not been sent to Moscow, Belarus and Myanmar, while Iran will only be represented at an ambassadorial level, Whitehall sources said.

Invitations to other leaders, including former heads of state, will be at the discretion of Buckingham Palace. This means that the Obamas and Donald Trump may miss out.

The Queen’s state funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey in central London at 11am. 

Senior members of the family will follow behind – just like they did for the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales and the Duke of Edinburgh.

The military will line the streets and also join the procession. The service will be televised in the UK and around the globe.

It came as the Government, which is in charge of travel arrangements for the funeral, was forced to clarify its security arrangements for visiting world leaders.

Leaked documents suggested world leaders would be asked to travel to the funeral by bus for security reasons. The President usually travels in a limo nicknamed ‘the Beast’, which is bulletproof, bomb-proof and resistant to chemical attacks. 

Number 10 said that its directions were guidance, adding: ‘The arrangements for leaders and how they travel will vary depending on individual circumstances. Arrangements for different leaders will vary depending on things like security risks.’

The Foreign Office also encouraged leaders to use commercial flights, warning that Heathrow is ‘not available for private flight arrangements or aircraft parking’.

Those that insist on travelling by private jet should head for ‘less busy airports’ around London, it said. Helicopters have also been banned ‘due to the number of flights operating at this time’. 

After the funeral, the Queen’s coffin will be taken to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle for a televised committal service.

Later in the evening, there will be a private interment service with senior members of the royal family.

The Queen’s final resting place will be the King George VI memorial chapel, an annexe to the main chapel – where her mother and father were buried, along with the ashes of her sister, Princess Margaret. Philip’s coffin will move from the Royal Vault to the memorial chapel to join the Queen’s.

But there is a backlash over foreign leaders being ordered to travel to the ceremony by bus.

Invitations will be issued to heads of state and their wives – but invitations to other leaders, including former heads of state, will be at the discretion of Buckingham Palace. 

Number 10 said that the Government is taking the lead on travel arrangements, while the guest list is a matter for Buckingham Palace.

When asked if there was space for former heads of state such as Mr Trump, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said ‘space will be limited’.

The funeral is being held in Westminster Abbey at 11am, as today was declared as a bank holiday.

Leaders who have already confirmed their attendance include the prime ministers of Canada, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the heads of state of Japan and South Korea.

US President Joe Biden said he will attend with his wife Jill, catching his White House staff off-guard as his predecessors declined to attend the last two state funerals in the UK – Winston Churchill’s in 1965 and George VI’s in 1952.

His attendance is expected to create an awkward decision for the Palace, who may wish to invite Mr Trump’s predecessors Michelle and Barack Obama.

Mrs Obama and the Queen developed a strong bond, despite the former president’s wife breaking royal protocol by placing her arm on the monarch’s back during their first meeting in 2009.

In a touching tribute to the Queen, the Obamas said her reign was ‘defined by grace, elegance, and a tireless work ethic’, adding she meant ‘a great deal’ to them, and remembered how she ‘welcomed them to the world stage with open arms and extraordinary generosity’.

Former Tory leader Lord Hague said ‘of course’ there will be diplomacy at the Queen’s funeral.

But he said world leaders are coming to pay their respects to an ‘extraordinary head of state’ – and that is what ‘90% of it will be about’.

Asked if there will be politics at the funeral, he told Times Radio: ‘Of course there is some diplomacy – you can’t have that number of people together from around the world without them starting to say, ‘well, what do you think is happening in Ukraine?’ – of course there is going to be some of that.

‘Nevertheless, they’re coming because they want to pay their respects to this extraordinary head of state. And that is what 90% of it will be about.’ 

Irish premier Micheal Martin confirmed he will travel to attend the Queen’s funeral, as well as a memorial service for the Queen in Belfast today.

European royal families are expected to be present, including King Felipe of Spain and his wife, Queen Letizia.

Emperor Naruhito, the Oxford-educated leader of Japan, is expected to make the trip to the UK despite not usually attending funerals.

President Yoon of South Korea, President Steinmeier of Germany, President Bolsonaro, the right-wing leader of Brazil, and Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, have also confirmed their attendance.

Other likely attendees will include President Macron of France and President Erdogan of Turkey.

Number 10 said there will be no bi-lateral meetings granted to visiting dignitaries, but King Charles III will host a reception for overseas leaders at Buckingham Palace on Sunday evening.

After the state funeral service the following day, Foreign Secretary James Cleverly will host a reception for political leaders in Dean’s Yard, in the grounds of the abbey.

King Charles III, Anne, the Princess Royal, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward each stood on one of the four corners of the coffin in a ceremony known as the Vigil of the Princes on September 12. They will lead the mourning at the state funeral

King Charles III, Anne, the Princess Royal, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward each stood on one of the four corners of the coffin in a ceremony known as the Vigil of the Princes on September 12. They will lead the mourning at the state funeral

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, guest the Duke of Buccleuch and Camilla, Queen Consort, will support their spouses

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, guest the Duke of Buccleuch and Camilla, Queen Consort, will support their spouses

Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on the long Walk at Windsor Castle on September 10

Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on the long Walk at Windsor Castle on September 10

Peter Phillips

Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall

Peter Phillips (left) and Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall (right) are expected to be attending the service

Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank

Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank (left) and Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi (right) will all be at the funeral

James Viscount Severn, the son of the Earl and Countess of Wessex

Lady Louise Windsor, the daughter of the Earl and Countess of Wessex

James Viscount Severn (left) and Lady Louise Windsor (right), the Earl and Countess of Wessex’s children, will both be going

The Queen and Prince Philip with their great-grandchildren, from left, George, Louis, Charlotte, Savannah Phillips, Isla Phillips, Lena Tindall and Mia Tindall. This picture was taken by the Princess of Wales in 2018

The Queen and Prince Philip with their great-grandchildren, from left, George, Louis, Charlotte, Savannah Phillips, Isla Phillips, Lena Tindall and Mia Tindall. This picture was taken by the Princess of Wales in 2018

European royals have confirmed their attendance at the Queen‘s funeral on Monday.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain and King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium will be among the 2,000 mourners expected at Westminster Abbey.  

Representatives from the Swedish, Danish and Monegasque royal families are also expected, according to royal blogger Gert’s Royals. 

Unlike the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral in 2021 – which was restricted to just 30 people – it is likely Westminster Abbey’s 2,000 capacity will be filled to capacity in honour Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

The funeral congregation will be headed by the new King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla, while William, Prince of Wales, and Catherine, Princess of Wales, will follow closely.

The Queen’s other three children, Princess Anne and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, Prince Andrew, and Princess Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, will also be among the chief mourners.

The King's mother, Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, has also confirmed that she will be in attendance at Westminster Abbey today

The King’s mother, Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, has also confirmed that she will be in attendance at Westminster Abbey today

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium will also join the congregation at Westminster Abbey

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium will also join the congregation at Westminster Abbey

Denmark's Queen Margrethe II, 81, described as a close friend of the late Queen and now Europe's longest-reigning monarch celebrating her 50th Jubilee - will almost certainly be prominent among the European heads of state

 Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II, 81, described as a close friend of the late Queen and now Europe’s longest-reigning monarch celebrating her 50th Jubilee – will almost certainly be prominent among the European heads of state

King Harald V of Norway (right) is pictured with Queen Sonja (left) at a museum in Oslo on June 16, 2022

King Harald V of Norway (right) is pictured with Queen Sonja (left) at a museum in Oslo on June 16, 2022

King Carl XVI Gustav and Queen Silvia of Sweden are highly likely to be among the mourners at the Queen's funeral

 King Carl XVI Gustav and Queen Silvia of Sweden are highly likely to be among the mourners at the Queen’s funeral

Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg

 Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg

It is expected all eight of the Queen’s grandchildren will be present, including Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall and her husband Mike Tindall, Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Princess Eugenie and her spouse Jack Brooksbank, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.

The Queen’s nephew Lord Snowdon and niece Lady Sarah Chatto and her husband Daniel Chatto are also anticipated to be there.

Other monarchs likely to be in attendance at the Queen’s funeral include King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg, and Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco.

Other possible guests are the former King Constantine II and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece – who was deposed in 1973.

The confirmation of foreign royals at the Queen’s funeral comes shortly after they paid tribute to the monarch online. 

Following her death King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain paid tribute to their distant relative with a heartfelt statement.

The Spanish Royal Family echoed sentiments from the Dutch and Swedish royals in praising the Queen’s sense of duty to her country throughout her historic 70-year reign.

Posting a letter to King Charles III on the Casa Real Twitter account, King Felipe said he would ‘dearly’ miss his Aunt Lilibet, a figure he held close.

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