World leaders together with Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron, Justin Trudeau and Jacinda Ardern might be joined on the Queen’s funeral by Europe’s royals, Japan’s emperor and a solid of controversial statesmen together with Jair Bolsonaro and Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The presence of Brazil’s right-wing populist President and Turkey’s authoritarian chief in London might spark protests that would widen if Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum are invited to Britain.
Because the world mourns Her Majesty’s dying on the age of 96, the globe’s strongest women and men are scrambling for seats on Monday amid limits on who can be part of the congregation of two,000 VIPs.
A whole lot of world leaders and heads of state together with Mr Biden, Mr Macron, and Japanese Emperor Naruhito might be on the historic service honouring Britain’s longest-reigning monarch – the primary full State Funeral that Britain has hosted since Winston Churchill died in 1965.
However Vladimir Putin has been snubbed alongside together with his ally, Belarus’ Aleksandr Lukashenko. Min Aung Hlaing of Myanmar will even not be requested with no official stance but on Syria’s Bashar al-Assad or North Korea’s Kim Jong-un – though they’re extremely unlikely to make the visitor record. Iran’s Ayatollah and President will not be requested – however an envoy might be invited.
Main world leaders will NOT need to take a bus to Queen’s funeral
Main world leaders won’t be compelled to take a bus to the Queen‘s funeral on Monday, it has been revealed.
German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Italian president Sergio Matarella, Canada’s Justin Trudeau and Israel’s Isaac Herzog can also be exempted.
It comes after a leaked doc advised all overseas leaders can be compelled to take coaches from a secret location in west London to Westminster Abbey resulting from ‘tight safety and highway restrictions.’
However a authorities supply has since clarified the state of affairs to The Occasions, saying it clearly wouldn’t be acceptable to ask G7 leaders to ‘take a bus’.
Dignitaries are being requested to be as versatile as potential, the supply added.
It isn’t thought the journey might be made by Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky, who took outing from organising his nation’s fightback in opposition to Putin’s forces to signal a ebook of condolence for the Queen.
China’s President Xi and India’s Narendra Modi are but to verify. Xi is taken into account unlikely to just accept given he has not left the nation for greater than three years.
The octogenarian King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud can have acquired an invitation however can be extremely unlikely to attend resulting from his age and well being.
His son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, the nation’s de facto chief, might head to Britain in his place – a call that might seemingly spark protests.
MBS is accused of ordering the homicide journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey. He vehemently denies the claims and stated lately that that the journalist wouldn’t be amongst his high 1,000 targets to kill, ‘if that was how we did issues’.
However US intelligence businesses concluded in a declassified intelligence report that the Saudi crown prince had accredited the 2018 homicide.
Her Majesty’s shut buddy Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the billionaire ruler of Dubai, is but to verify if he’ll attend.
Earlier than her dying, Her Majesty was below strain to ditch him after the Excessive Court docket discovered he was accountable for unlawful UK cellphone hacking.
A senior decide concluded that Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the horse race-loving buddy of the Royal Household and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, dedicated a ‘whole abuse of belief and certainly an abuse of energy’.
He beforehand orchestrated the armed kidnap of his runaway daughter Princess Shamsa from Cambridgeshire in 2000, persuading Tony Blair’s authorities to hush it up, the Excessive Court docket heard. He additionally allegedly kidnapped her sister Princess Latifa when she too tried to flee.
However with the restrict on numbers, it might be he’s not requested as a result of he’s not technically a head of state – Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan is chief of the United Arab Emirates.
Brazilian right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro has accepted an invite to attend the funeral, the nation’s overseas ministry stated, as has Turkey’s controversial president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Heads of state and presidents, European royals and key figures from public life might be invited to assemble within the abbey. Main figures in Britain’s public life are set to attend her funeral subsequent week, together with Liz Truss and all her dwelling predecessors.
However with so many individuals desirous to go, invitations are restricted to at least one per VIP plus their partner if they’ve one, however there’s an ongoing row after the Authorities urged them to fly commercially and pool jets to get to the UK. There may be additionally upset that many might be requested to leap on shuttle buses to the abbey quite than use state limousines or carriages.
All of Europe’s kings and queens, in addition to minor royals from the continent associated to Her Majesty and Prince Philip, might be there, together with 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.
Exterior of Europe, Japan’s Emperor Naruhito will journey to London alongside Empress Masako and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
US President Joe Biden has confirmed he’ll attend the Queen’s funeral alongside First Girl Jill Biden
French President Emmanuel Macron and his spouse Brigitte Macron might be in London
Pictured: The Queen attends an unveiling of a design For the Shiekh Zayed Nationwide Museum accompanied By Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum throughout a state go to to Abu Dhabi. Sheikh Mohammed was slammed by a Excessive Court docket ruling lately
Princess Charlene of Monaco and Prince Albert II of Monaco might be in London
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands had been the primary overseas royals to verify their attendance at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral subsequent Monday
King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia of Spain lately paid tribute to their distant relative with a heartfelt assertion. They’ve additionally 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 can also attend
The President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, is predicted to fly to London
New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern (pictured) has been confirmed as one of many attendees of The Queen’s funeral subsequent week
Australian PM, Anthony Albanese, pictured together with his accomplice Jodie Haydon, will come to Britain from Down Beneath
World leaders together with Biden and Macron heading to London – however Putin and Xi prone to miss remaining farewell
Russia’s Vladimir Putin
Belarus’ Aleksandr Lukashenko
Min Aung Hlaing of Myanmar
Supreme Chief of Iran Ali Khamenei/President Ebrahim Raisi – however the ambassador to the UK might be requested
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 chief Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud
Joe Biden and Jill Biden, President and first woman of the USA
Emmanuel Macron, President of France
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
King Charles III
Anne, the Princess Royal,
Camilla, the Queen Consort
Sophie, the Countess of Wessex,
Zara and Mike Tindall
Princesses Beatrice and Jack Brooksbank
Girl 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
Joe Biden was the primary to verify his attendance yesterday – and the vast majority of world leaders from the King’s realms and the Commonwealth might be there.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is definite to not be there. Invitations to the Queen’s funeral haven’t been despatched to Moscow, Belarus and Myanmar, whereas Iran will solely be represented at an ambassadorial degree, Whitehall sources stated.
Invites to different leaders, together with former heads of state, might be on the discretion of Buckingham Palace. Which means that the Obamas and Donald Trump might miss out.
The Queen’s state funeral will happen at Westminster Abbey in central London at 11am on Monday. Senior family members are anticipated to comply with behind – similar to they did for the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales and the Duke of Edinburgh.
The navy will line the streets and in addition be part of the procession. The service might be televised within the UK and across the globe.
It got here because the Authorities, which is in command of journey preparations for the funeral, was compelled to make clear its safety preparations for visiting world leaders.
Leaked paperwork advised world leaders can be compelled to journey to the funeral by bus for safety causes. The President normally travels in a limo nicknamed ‘the Beast’, which is bulletproof, bomb-proof and immune to chemical assaults.
Yesterday Quantity 10 stated that its instructions had been steering, including: ‘The preparations for leaders and the way they journey will fluctuate relying on particular person circumstances. Preparations for various leaders will fluctuate relying on issues like safety dangers.’
The Overseas Workplace additionally inspired leaders to make use of business flights, warning that Heathrow is ‘not accessible for personal flight preparations or plane parking’.
People who insist on travelling by non-public jet ought to head for ‘much less busy airports’ round London, it stated. Helicopters have additionally been banned ‘as a result of variety of flights working presently’.
After the funeral, the Queen’s coffin might be taken to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Fort for a televised committal service.
Later within the night, there might be a personal interment service with senior members of the royal household.
The Queen’s remaining resting place would be the King George VI memorial chapel, an annex to the primary chapel – the place her mom and father had been buried, together with the ashes of her sister, Princess Margaret. Philip’s coffin will transfer from the Royal Vault to the memorial chapel to hitch the Queen’s.
However there’s a backlash over overseas leaders being ordered to journey to the ceremony by bus.
Invites might be issued to heads of state and their wives – however invites to different leaders, together with former heads of state, might be on the discretion of Buckingham Palace.
Yesterday Quantity 10 stated that the Authorities is taking the lead on journey preparations, whereas the visitor record is a matter for Buckingham Palace.
When requested if there was area for former heads of state resembling Mr Trump, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman stated ‘area might be restricted’.
The funeral is being held in Westminster Abbey at 11am on Monday, which has additionally been designated a financial institution vacation.
Leaders who’ve already confirmed their attendance embody the prime ministers of Canada, Australia and New Zealand, in addition to the heads of state of Japan and South Korea.
US President Joe Biden stated he’ll attend together with his spouse Jill, catching his White Home employees off-guard as his predecessors declined to attend the final two state funerals within the UK – Winston Churchill’s in 1965 and George VI’s in 1952.
His attendance is predicted to create a clumsy choice for the Palace, who might want to invite Mr Trump’s predecessors Michelle and Barack Obama.
Mrs Obama and the Queen developed a robust bond, regardless of the previous president’s spouse breaking royal protocol by putting her arm on the monarch’s again throughout their first assembly in 2009.
In a touching tribute to the Queen, the Obamas stated her reign was ‘outlined by grace, magnificence, and a tireless work ethic’, including she meant ‘an important deal’ to them, and remembered how she ‘welcomed them to the world stage with open arms and extraordinary generosity’.
Former Tory chief Lord Hague stated ‘after all’ there might be diplomacy on the Queen’s funeral.
However he stated world leaders are coming to pay their respects to an ‘extraordinary head of state’ – and that’s what ‘90% of it will likely be about’.
Requested if there might be politics on the funeral, he informed Occasions Radio: ‘In fact there’s some diplomacy – you’ll be able to’t have that variety of individuals collectively from world wide with out them beginning to say, ‘properly, what do you assume is occurring in Ukraine?’ – after all there’s going to be a few of that.
‘Nonetheless, they’re coming as a result of they wish to pay their respects to this extraordinary head of state. And that’s what 90% of it will likely be about.’
Yesterday Irish premier Micheal Martin confirmed he’ll journey to attend the Queen’s funeral, in addition to a memorial service for the Queen in Belfast as we speak.
The leaders of most Commonwealth nations are anticipated to attend, together with New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern – whose journey the world over will take nearly 24 hours – and her Australian counterpart, Anthony Albanese.
Australia and New Zealand are additionally providing to share flights to permit Pacific leaders to journey collectively to London.
European royal households are anticipated to be current, together with King Felipe of Spain and his spouse, Queen Letizia.
Emperor Naruhito, the Oxford-educated chief of Japan, is predicted to make the journey to the UK regardless of not normally attending funerals.
President Yoon of South Korea, President Steinmeier of Germany, President Bolsonaro, the right-wing chief of Brazil, and Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Fee, have additionally confirmed their attendance.
Different seemingly attendees will embody President Macron of France and President Erdogan of Turkey.
Quantity 10 stated there might be no bi-lateral conferences granted to visiting dignitaries, however King Charles III will host a reception for abroad leaders at Buckingham Palace on Sunday night.
After the state funeral service the next day, Overseas Secretary James Cleverly will host a reception for political leaders in Dean’s Yard, within the grounds of the abbey.
King Charles III, Anne, the Princess Royal, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward every stood on one of many 4 corners of the coffin in a ceremony often known as the Vigil of the Princes final night time. They may lead the mourning on the state funeral
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, visitor and Camilla, Queen Consort, will help their spouses
Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on the lengthy Stroll at Windsor Fort on Saturday
Peter Phillips (left) and Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall (proper) are anticipated to be attending the service
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank (left) and Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi (proper) will all be on the funeral
James Viscount Severn (left) and Girl Louise Windsor (proper), the Earl and Countess of Wessex’s kids, will each 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 image 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 might be among the many 2,000 mourners anticipated at Westminster Abbey.
Representatives from the Swedish, Danish and Monegasque royal households are additionally anticipated, in line with royal blogger Gert’s Royals.
In contrast to the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral in 2021 – which was restricted to only 30 individuals – it’s seemingly Westminster Abbey’s 2,000 capability might be stuffed to capability in honour Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.
The funeral congregation might be headed by the brand new King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla, whereas William, Prince of Wales, and Catherine, Princess of Wales, will comply with carefully.
The Queen’s different three kids, Princess Anne and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, Prince Andrew, and Princess Edward and his spouse Sophie, Countess of Wessex, will even be among the many chief mourners.
The King’s mom, Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, has additionally confirmed that she might be in attendance at Westminster Abbey subsequent Monday
King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium will even be part of the congregation at Westminster Abbey subsequent week
Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II, 81, described as a detailed buddy of the late Queen and now Europe’s longest-reigning monarch celebrating her fiftieth Jubilee – will nearly definitely be distinguished among the many European heads of state
King Harald V of Norway (proper) 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 extremely prone to be among the many mourners on the Queen’s funeral
Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg
It’s anticipated all eight of the Queen’s grandchildren might be current, together with Prince Harry and his spouse 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 partner Jack Brooksbank, Girl Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.
The Queen’s nephew Lord Snowdon and niece Girl Sarah Chatto and her husband Daniel Chatto are additionally anticipated to be there.
Different monarchs prone to be in attendance on the Queen’s funeral embody 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.
Different potential company are the previous King Constantine II and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece – who was deposed in 1973.
The affirmation of overseas royals on the Queen’s funeral comes shortly after they paid tribute to the monarch on-line.
Following her dying King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain paid tribute to their distant relative with a heartfelt assertion.
The Spanish Royal Household echoed sentiments from the Dutch and Swedish royals in praising the Queen’s sense of obligation to her nation all through her historic 70-year reign.
Posting a letter to King Charles III on the Casa Actual Twitter account, King Felipe stated he would ‘dearly’ miss his Aunt Lilibet, a determine he held shut.