Who is on the guest list for Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral?

World leaders, politicians, public figures and European royalty, as well as more than 500 dignitaries from around the world, will descend on London to pay their last respects to Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, who died on Thursday at the age of 96.

US President Joe Biden was one of the first to confirm that he will attend the event, which will be attended by up to 2,000 people.

“I don’t know the details yet, but I will go,” Biden told reporters on Friday.

Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro and South Korea’s Yoon Suk Yeol are among the presidents attending the Queen’s final send-off after a series of ceremonial events.

The newly elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Liz Truss, will also mourn the monarch next week.

The leaders of most Commonwealth countries are expected to attend, along with the Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese travel almost 24 hours a day.
William and Harry join King Charles in the procession behind the Queen's coffin

“I would prioritize, of course, along with the Governor-General, doing our duty in representing New Zealand and conveying the condolences of our entire nation,” Ardern told TVNZ on Friday. “I expect there will be several leaders who want to pay tribute to the Queen,” she added.

Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako will travel to London for the Queen’s funeral, an unusual move that shows the close relationship between the Japanese and British royal families.

Japan’s Asahi Shimbun newspaper reported, citing officials of the Imperial Household Agency, that the Japanese emperor had attended the funeral of a foreign head of state or member of the royal family only once before, when then-Emperor Akihito attended the funeral of Belgium’s King Baudouin in 1993.

On Monday, members of foreign royal families will also sit in the pews.

Spanish 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 be in the congregation, the Dutch royal house announced.

King Abdullah II of Jordan, who he remembered the Queen as an “iconic leader” and “beacon of wisdom and principled leadership,” will also attend her funeral.
William and Harry will join King Charles in a silent procession behind the Queen's coffin

However, not all world leaders were invited.

SyriaVenezuela and Afghanistan there are three countries that have not been asked to send a representative, according to British news agency PA Media.

Representatives of North Korea and Nicaragua were invited “only at the ambassadorial level,” the PA added.

The leaders of Russia, Belarus and Myanmar will also be absent.

Although Russian President Vladimir Putin tweeted his congratulations on King Charles III’s ascension to the throne, diplomatic relations between the United Kingdom and Russia have all but collapsed since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a senior British government source told CNN on Tuesday.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is a close ally of President Putin.

Myanmar will not be invited, after the coup d’état in the country last year.

After the funeral, Queen Elizabeth II will be buried in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where her parents, her sister, Princess Margaret, and her husband, Prince Philip, are also buried.

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CNN’s Alex Hardie contributed to this report.

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